Nevada’s population slows in 2009 |

Nevada’s population slows in 2009

(AP) – Nevada’s population growth has slowed, rising just 1 percent in the past year.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday estimated the state’s population as of July 1 as 2.64 million, about 27,000 more than in 2008.

About 20,000 of new residents arrived through childbirth. The census bureau estimates 11,000 people moved to Nevada from elsewhere, while 4,000 left the state.

The fastest growing states were Wyoming, Utah and Texas.

California remains the most populous with 37 million people.

The official census count conducted very 10 years will be held in early 2010. That count is used to determine how many congressional seats each state is awarded, and Nevada is expected to pick up an additional seat for a total of four.