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Arizona, Nevada and Idaho had the fastest-growing populations between July 2005 and July 2006, while Louisiana lost nearly 5 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina population during the period, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. Almost all of the top 10 fastest-growing states were in the South or Southwest: Arizona (3.6 percent), Nevada (3.5 percent), Idaho (2.6 percent), Georgia (2.5 percent), Texas (2.5 percent), Utah (2.4 percent), North Carolina (2.1 percent), Colorado (1.9 percent), Florida (1.8 percent) and South Carolina (1.7 percent). The Northeast grew by only 62,000 people, while the South picked up 1.5 million residents and the West 1 million. North Carolina replaced New Jersey as the 10th most populous state, and the South now accounts for 36 percent of the natio...