Ga., Fla., booming, Census says

The nation’s population growth rate is at its lowest point since the mid-1940s, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped moving to Georgia and Florida.

The two states continue to add people faster than almost every other state.

That’s according to a Census Bureau report released Wednesday that looks at population growth from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. It’s the first set of population estimates from the bureau since the 2010 census came out.

Florida added 256,000 people during those 15 months, lagging behind only Texas (529,000) and California (438,000). Its growth rate was 1.36 percent, or ninth highest.

Georgia added 128,000 people, in fourth place. Its growth rate was 1.32 percent, or 10th highest.

The U.S. added 2.8 million people during the 15 months covered in the new report. That’s a 0.92 percent growth rate that took the country’s population to 311.6 million. The Census Bureau said that’s the lowest growth rate since before the baby boom.

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