LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- For the first time in 50 years, Nebraska's annual population growth has nearly matched the U.S. growth rate.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha say the growth should push the state population to the 1.8 million mark in the 2010 Census and allow the state to keep three seats in Congress.
Census estimates released on Wednesday show that because of more births than deaths, the state population increased by 14,670 people, or by .82 percent, from mid-2008 to July of this year.
The U.S. growth rate for the same period was .86 percent.
According to UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, the difference between the Nebraska growth rate from 2008 to 2009 and U.S. growth rate was the narrowest since 1960 to 1961.
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