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             Census Bureau Estimates Show Texas and Florida Passing
          Population Milestones; West and South Fastest-Growing Regions

  The Commerce Department's Census Bureau today issued state population
estimates showing Texas topping 20 million and Florida surpassing
15 million, while the West and the South set the pace in population growth
for the year ending July 1, 1999.

  "While Texas (20.0 million) remains second to California (33.1 million),
the estimated growth of Florida's population (to 15.1 million) in recent
decades has been substantial," said Census Bureau demographer Marc Perry.
"As recently as 1950, Florida had fewer than 3 million people."

  Of the four states that now are estimated to have more than 15 million
people, only New York (18.2 million) is outside the South and West.

  For the 14th consecutive year Nevada was the nation's fastest-growing
state. Between July 1, 1998, and July 1, 1999, Nevada's estimated
population increased by 3.8 percent -- far above the national rate of
increase of 0.9 percent. Since 1990, according to Census Bureau estimates,
the "silver state" has grown by a stunning 51 percent. The other
fastest-growing states last year were Arizona (up 2.4 percent), Colorado
(2.2 percent), Georgia (2.0 percent) and Idaho (1.7 percent).

  The West remained the fastest-growing region in the country, with a
population increase of 1.5 percent between 1998 and 1999. However, Montana
(0.4 percent), New Mexico (0.4 percent) and Alaska (0.7 percent) all grew
at rates below the national average and Wyoming (-0.1 percent) and Hawaii
(-0.4 percent) actually lost population.

  The South's growth rate of 1.2 percent made it second in growth among
regions. Georgia, with a growth rate of 2.0 percent, was again the
region's fastest-growing state, followed by Texas at 1.7 percent and North
Carolina and Florida, both at 1.4 percent. The District of Columbia
(-0.5 percent), and West Virginia (-0.3 percent) both lost population. The
district is considered a state equivalent for statistical purposes.

  "The District of Columbia's population appears to be stabilizing," Perry
said. "While the estimated population fell last year, the rate of decline
was less than the 2 percent or more of recent years."

  Population growth in the Midwest increased slightly to 0.5 percent last
year. Minnesota's population was the fastest growing in the region
(17th in the nation), increasing by 1.0 percent. No other state in the
region grew faster than the national average, and North Dakota
(-0.6 percent) lost population (-4,000).

  The Northeast continued to be the nation's slowest-growing region, with
a population growth rate of 0.3 percent last year, but this was an
increase from the rate of 0.2 percent in the previous year. New Hampshire
was again the region's fastest-growing state, increasing 1.3 percent. It
was the only state in the region to grow faster than the national average.
Pennsylvania's loss of 8,000 was the largest numerical loss of any state.

  Overall, the nation's population increased from 270.2 million to
272.7 million between July 1, 1998, and July 1, 1999.

  The estimates include demographic components of population change for
individual states: natural increase (births minus deaths), net domestic
migration (in-migration from other states minus out-migration to other
states) and net international migration. Some highlights:

  - Between 1998 and 1999, the highest rates of net domestic migration
    (as a percentage of 1998 population) were found in Nevada
    (2.3 percent), Arizona (1.3 percent), Colorado (1.1 percent), Georgia
    (1.0 percent) and New Hampshire (0.8 percent).

  - The highest percent of net domestic out-migration was in Hawaii
    (-1.7 percent), the District of Columbia (-1.4 percent), North Dakota
    (-1.1 percent), New York (-0.9 percent) and New Mexico (-0.7 percent).

  - The highest rates of international migration were in California
    (0.8 percent), New York (0.6 percent), the District of Columbia
    (0.6 percent), Florida and Nevada (0.5 percent) each.

  - States with the largest rates of natural increase were: Utah
    (1.6 percent), Alaska (1.2 percent), Texas (1.0 percent), California
    (0.9 percent) and Hawaii (0.8 percent).


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