Wyoming’s population grew slightly faster than the national average last year, but the Equality State is still the smallest in the nation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Census Bureau estimates Wyoming grew by 1 percent to just under 583,000 between July of 2012 and July of 2013. The national growth rate was 0.7 percent.

State officials say job openings in construction and tourism drew new residents to Wyoming, and births outnumbered deaths by about 3,100 in the same period.

The next-smallest state population is in Vermont, with just under 627,000 residents. North Dakota is the third least populated with about 723,000 residents.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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