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The pace of population growth in Arizona dropped sharply during the recession after peaking in 2006. In 2013, it was back to the ninth-highest rate of growth in the nation, the Census Bureau said. (Graphic by Cronkite News Service)

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Census: Arizona population continued steady growth in 2013

Arizona gained more than 230,000 residents in the past three years, again making it one of the faster-growing states in the nation, according to new Census Bureau estimates.The Census report released Thursday estimated that the state's population grew by 234,609 people from the 2010 census to July 1, 2013, climbing above 6.6 million people.