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South Dakota is the nation's 10th fastest growing state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates.

The state grew by 1.19 percent since 2011.

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North Dakota, thanks to its oil boom, is the nation's fastest-growing state since 2011, at 2.17 percent. Following in terms of percent increase over the same period were the District of Columbia (2.15 percent), Texas (1.67 percent), Wyoming (1.60 percent), Utah (1.45 percent), Nevada (1.43 percent), Colorado (1.39 percent), Arizona (1.33 percent) and Florida (1.23 percent).

North Dakota ranked only 37th in growth between the 2000 and 2010 censuses and climbed to sixth between 2010 and 2011.

The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.3 million, to 313.9 million between 2011 to 2012, for a growth rate of 0.75 percent.

Texas gained more people than any other state in the year ending July 1 (427,400), followed by California (537,500), Florida (235,300), Georgia (107,500) and North Carolina (101,000).

These five states combined accounted for more than half of the nation's total population growth

California remained the most populous state, with a July 1 population of 38 million.

Rounding out the top five states were Texas (26.1 million), New York (19.6 million), Florida (19.3 million) and Illinois (12.9 million).

The only two states to lose population between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, were Rhode Island (-354 or -0.03 percent) and Vermont (-581 or -0.09 percent).

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