- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The metropolitan area of Huntsville led Alabama’s population growth last year.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/1RNNHEM ) reports that Huntsville added over 4,000 people over a one-year span, the most in the state. That pushed the city to just under 445,000 residents.

The numbers come from the latest Census estimates for changes in metropolitan populations from July 2014 to July 2015.

According to the data, Baldwin County added almost as many new residents as Huntsville with 3,996. That marked a 2 percent growth in the one-year span, the fastest rate of growth in the state.

The data also reveals that about one-third of the state’s metropolitan areas lost residents. The Florence-Muscle Shoals area reported the biggest population decrease, losing 593 residents.

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