In the last state population estimates before the official 2010 U.S. Census counts, Texas gained more people than any other state from July 2008 to July 2009, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. The state gained 478,000 people and remained the nation's second most populous state, with 24.8 million people. The nation's largest state, California added 381,000 people, for a total population of 37 million. The next largest states were New York (19.5 million), Florida (18.5 million) and Illinois (12.9 million). The agency based its estimates on data gathered between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, using births, deaths, administrative records and survey data to measure population change from last year's revised population estimate. "We are focused now on ensuring we get a complete and accurate count in 2010. The census counts will not only determine how many U.S. House seats each state will have but will also be used as the benchmark for future population estimates," s...
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