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 data show that southwest Missouri's 7th Congressional District grew by about 100,000 people since the 2000 census, followed by a growth of about 85,000 in the 2nd District in suburban St. Louis. The population declined in St. Louis' 1st Congressional District.
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.
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