- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan’s population has grown slightly in the past year, but the marginal rise still could spell the loss of another congressional seat in a few years.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Tuesday the state’s population rose about 0.1 percent, or 6,270 residents, between July 2014 and last July. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates show the slowest growth since 2012, when the state reversed a period of decline.

Michigan, with about 9.9 million residents, is the 10th largest state. It dropped one spot last year, falling behind North Carolina.

Demographer Kurt Metzger attributes Michigan’s slow growth to more people leaving the state - the most since 2011. He adds that the trends point to a loss of one congressional seat for Michigan after the 2020 census.

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