(April 2007) The U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates for the nation’s metropolitan areas, building on its county estimates published in March. The Atlanta region, which added about 890,000 people from 2000 to 2006, was ranked first in numerical growth. St. George, Utah, had the sharpest percentage increase during that period, growing by 40 percent.

The Census Bureau reported that 305 out of the nation’s 361 metro areas gained population over the six-year period. New Orleans had the largest loss, nearly 292,000, followed by Pittsburgh, which declined by about 60,000.

The estimates can be accessed at: www.census.gov/popest/metro.html

—D’Vera Cohn, PRB Senior Editor