New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that two of Vermont’s biggest cities posted notable population gains between 2000 and 2010.
South Burlington (population 17.904) registered a 13.2 percent increase and Burlington (population 42,417) was up 9.1 percent since the 2000 Census. Rounding out Vermont’s most populous places: Essex (population 19,587), Colchester (population 17,067) and Rutland (population 16,495.)
The statistics were released as part of a block of data issued yesterday by the Census Bureau, which also provided a look at race data and the number of people listing Hispanic origin in their Census responses.
The Census also says that Vermont’s population has become slightly more diverse. Ten years ago 96 percent of Vermonters were white. In 2010, 94 percent of the population was white.
Census officials say the updated population figures can be used to realign state legislative and congressional districts in Vermont.