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Census figures show more diverse state

Census figures show more diverse state

Over the past decade, Maryland's population grew far more diverse, while growth slowed dramatically in once-booming counties in the Baltimore area, according to data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau.

Baltimore lost more of its population — about 4.6 percent — than any other major city or county in Maryland. The continued decline dashed the hopes of local officials, who had been optimistic that the data would show the city had retained nearly all of its population or even added residents.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake noted in a statement that the 2000-2010 decline of about 30,000 residents was the smallest since the 1950s, but said "we have more work to...