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Vt. 1 of 2 states to see population decline

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Vermont is one of only two states in the country to see its population decline last year.

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Vermont lost 581 people in 2011. Rhode Island's population shrank by 354 people. That's a sharp contrast to the states that saw the biggest gains last year, led by Texas with over 427,000 new residents.

Vermont's population decline is also reflected in census data on the age of the population. Vermont political leaders have raised concerns for years about an outward migration of young people unable to find jobs and the high percentage of elderly residents. Census data shows Vermont has the second oldest population in the country and the percentage of residents over 65 is expected to grow at a rate 10 times faster than Vermont's total population growth rate over the next decade.

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