JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau figures show Missouri’s population grew the fastest in southwest Missouri and parts of suburban St. Louis during the past decade.

The 2010 census figures were obtained Thursday by The Associated Press in advance of their formal release by the Census Bureau.

The new census data will be used to redraw Missouri’s congressional and state legislative districts. Missouri is losing one of its nine seats in Congress because its population grew at a slower pace than the rest of the nation during the past decade.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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