- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Wyoming’s population increased by 930 people between July 2013 and July 2014 and it remains the least populated state with 584,153 residents.

After accounting for births and deaths, the Census Bureau estimated nearly 2,200 more people moved out of Wyoming than moved in.

State economist Wenlin Liu tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1x5RH7a ) that people moved out of Wyoming because natural gas prices hit a 10-year low in the spring of 2012, slowing production and cutting available jobs.

Liu says oil exploration expanded in North Dakota, Texas and Colorado, attracting many Wyoming energy workers.

North Dakota’s population growth of 2.2 percent led the nation. Colorado added nearly 84,000 residents while Montana saw an increase of just over 8,700 residents. Colorado’s population is estimated at 5.36 million while Montana’s is 1.024 million.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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