New U.S. Census figures show Georgia’s population grew by 131,373 in the year that ended July 1, keeping the state in ninth place overall.

The figures released Wednesday put Georgia’s population at 9,829,211, compared with 9,697,838 on July 1, 2008. It stood at 8,186,781 at the 2000 official census.

The state’s population growth was substantially lower than the estimated increase of 162,447 the previous year.

Eighth-place Michigan is estimated to have lost more than 30,000 residents in the most recent estimate, putting it about 140,000 ahead of Georgia. The state remains about 450,000 ahead of 10th-place North Carolina.

California remains atop the list with nearly 37 million people.

Calhoun Times