Augusta gained 576 residents in the decade that ended in 2010, according to newly released Census figures.

The population of Maine’s capital city grew 3.1 percent, from 18,560 in 2000 to 19,136 in 2010, according to the Census. By comparison, Portland grew 3 percent during the period, Bangor grew 5 percent, Lewiston grew 2.5 percent, Auburn shrank 0.6 percent and Brunswick dropped 4.2 percent of its population.

Kennebec County added 5,037 residents during the decade — growing from 117,114 to 122,151 people, a 4.3 percent increase. Only Washington and Aroostook counties shrank, while the fastest growing Maine county was Waldo, 6.9 percent.

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