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Census reports Milwaukee gains 7,500 residents, Madison is fastest-growing city

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Milwaukee is now America's 23rd largest city, down from 19th at the start of the decade.

But the city still grew by 7,500 residents since 2000, and according to the Census Bureau's new estimate it had almost 605,000 people as of last July.

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Milwaukee's population has grown ever since Mayor Tom Barrett successfully challenged lower estimates in 2006.

He says higher education and water quality are the keys to Milwaukee's future growth.

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