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Census shows Rhode Island’s population is slowly growing

December 20, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Rhode Island’s population is slowly growing.

According to estimates released Wednesday, Rhode Island’s population stood at 1,057,315 for 2018. That’s a four-tenths of a percentage point increase over 2010, and nearly a one-tenth of a percentage point increase over 2017.

The state’s population was 1,052,957 in 2010 and grew to 1,056,486 in 2017.

Rhode Island ranked as the 44th most populous state in 2018, down from 43rd in 2017. Massachusetts is the fastest growing state in the Northeast.

The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island would lose one of its two U.S. House of Representative seats if the population estimates hold true in the 2020 census.

House seats will be apportioned based on the census, not on annual population estimates.

The secretary of state says it’ll be important to participate in the census.

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