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State on the grow: More than 6.3 million calling Tennessee home

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By The Staff

Tennessee has experienced an 11.5-percent surge in population over the past 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

That number is part of the findings of the bureau’s most recent federally mandated head count. The population count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution every decade and helps apportion the number of representatives in U.S. Congress.

County and municipal numbers and demographics won’t be released until February or March 2011. Roane County’s government will use those statistics to configure the districts and membership numbers of its County Commission and Board of Education.

The data released this week show Tennessee’s population at 6,346,105 as of April 1. Though the state grew in population, the number of its congressional delegates will remain the same. Tennessee has nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Tennessee General Assembly also uses census data to configure the number of state House and Senate members. In some cases, district lines can be redrawn.

Census figures reveal the U.S. population at 308,745,538 as of April 1. That number, up 9.7 percent over the 2000 count, includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Regionally, the South picked up the bulk of the population increase at 14,318,924. Every U.S. state except one experienced growth over the past 10 years. Michigan’s population decreased by 0.6 percent.

The most populous state is California at 37,253,956. Wyoming, with 563,626 residents, is the least populous.

Texas gained the most people numerically over the past 10 years, and Nevada gained the most as a percentage.

The United States has conducted population counts every 10 years since 1790. The most recent count, which began in March, is the country’s 23rd.