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Maryland population tops 5.9M

Maryland has gained about 44,000 residents in the last year, bringing its population above the 5.9 million mark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimate.

The estimate released Monday put the state’s population at 5,928,814 as of July 1, up 43,946 over the preceding 12 months. That represents an increase of 0.7 percent.

The rate of increase was slightly short of Virginia’s, whose estimate from 8,186,628 people to 8,260,405, or about 0.9 percent.

The District of Columbia grew by 13,000 residents in the past year, bringing the city’s total population to more than 646,000. That represents growth of about 2 percent.