Population Swells in the U.S.

Population Swells in the U.S.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The nation's foreign-born population has hit 34-point-2 (M)million -- accounting for 12-percent of the population.

That's according to the 2004 U.S. Census Bureau report being released today.

The report estimates the immigrant population rose two-point-three-percent from 2003.

Pam Perlich, a research economist at the University of Utah, says there are no new state numbers available. However, she says the nationwide growth is a continuation of a three-year trend from 2000 to 2003, also seen in Utah.

Perlich said if the trends continues, Utah's immigrant population will grow to at least 250-thousand by 2010.

According to today's report, 53-percent of the nation's immigrants were born in Latin America, 25-percent in Asia, 14-percent in Europe and 8-percent in other regions of the world.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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