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Census Updated For U.S. Territories

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands lost population in the past decade, but Guam gained, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday.

The bureau said in a release the Northern Mariana Islands commonwealth lost more than one-fifth of its population between 2000 and 2010, falling from 69,221 to 53,883, a drop of 22.2 percent.

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ population slipped from 108,612 in 2000 to 106,405 in 2010, a drop of 2 percent. American Samoa’s population dropped 3.1 percent, from 57,291 to 55,519 during the decade.

Guam’s population rose 2.9 percent, from 154,805 to 159,358.

More 2010 Census statistics will be available next year for the commonwealths and territories, including basic demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics.

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves is to provide an update on the 2010 Census Thursday in Washington.

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