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40 Wisconsin counties lost population over past three years

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Forty Wisconsin counties declined slightly in population from 2010 to 2013, according to the most recent estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The declines affected mostly smaller counties that have struggled to maintain population levels during the past decade.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that only two counties with more than 100,000 people — Racine and Sheboygan — lost people since 2010.

Rusk and Price counties shrank by the largest percentage, both by about 2.2 percent. Wood County lost the greatest number of people at 821.

Still, the growth in some of the larger counties counterbalanced the modest declines in rural Wisconsin.

Overall, the state's population increased by 53,653, or less than 1 percent, to 5,742,713.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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