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Brown, Dane counties see biggest population growth last year

Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s population grew by about 16,000 people last year, according to the state’s annual estimates released Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the state had 5.7 million residents at the end of 2011, up 0.3 percent from 2010.

Brown and Dane counties in the Green Bay and Madison areas had the biggest percentage increase in populations, at 0.9 percent.

Forest County, which has the state’s smallest population, lost about 100 residents. That leaves only 9,200 in the county that includes Crandon.

Overall, 42 counties gained residents last year. 19 had declines, and 11 counties were relatively unchanged.

Wisconsin is expected to keep growing for at least the next 30 years.

State officials predicted in July that Wisconsin would gain over 800,000 people by 2040, for a population of roughly 6.5 million.