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Wisconsin has gained nearly 39,000 residents since 2010 Census


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has gained about 39,000 residents since the last Census in 2010.

The U.S. Census Bureau said the Badger State had just over 5.7 million people as of last July.

Milwaukee County is attracting new people again, after its population dropped by 60,000 in the three decades ending in 2000. The state’s largest county gained 7,400 residents in the past two years, and it now has around 955,000.

Officials say Milwaukee County has gained about 3,300 immigrants who settled from other countries.

Father David Bergner of Milwaukee’s Catholic Charities says many immigrants find work in a relatively short time – and lots of them have trade experience to offer.

About half of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw their populations drop slightly.