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In the 1990s, only Milwaukee County lost residents.

In the aughts, Milwaukee County gained residents. But rural counties lost them — part of a larger Midwestern pattern, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison news release from today based on just-released Wisconsin census data.

Also:
• The state’s Hispanic population grew nearly 75 percent, to 336,056 in 2010
• Madison was the fastest-growing town, and Dane the fastest-growing county
• While Milwaukee County grew, the city of Milwaukee shrank to its smallest population since World War II, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Listen to a report from our partner, Wisconsin Public Radio.

Learn more here: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/

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Kate Golden, multimedia director and reporter, specializes in environmental stories and data visualizations.