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Hawaii population grows to nearly 1.4 million

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:48 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2010

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau are showing that Hawaii's population has expanded in the last decade by 12 percent, to almost 1.4 million residents.

Population figures for the country and individual states were released Tuesday by the agency, which strives to count every resident every decade.

The 2000 census indicated Hawaii's population was 1.21 million. The new figures show that number has grown to 1.36 million.

In 1960, just after it became a state, Hawaii was home to about 632,000.

Heavily Democratic Hawaii is unlikely to increase its current slate of two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. But several Republican-leaning states in the southern part of the nation are likely to gain at least one seat each.

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