U.S. population grows 9.7% in census; R.I. increases slightly, keeps 2 seats

WASHINGTON - The population of the U.S. grew 9.7 percent to 308.7 million since 2000, with Southern and Western states outpacing other regions in population growth, new census data shows. The gains in the South and West will come at the expense of the Northeast and Midwest, where states will shed seats in the U.S.…

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