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The figures, which were released last Thursday, show Queens with 2,270,338 people as of July 1, 2007, an increase of 5,677 from the 2,264,661 estimated in 2006. The borough's growth rate was 0.25 percent, ensuring that it remained the second most populous county in the state.Brooklyn is the most populous county, with 2,528,050 people estimated for 2007, a gain of 5,003 people from the 2006 figure of 2,523,047. Its growth rate was 0.2 percent.Manhattan was the borough with the largest growth, with 1,620,867 people in 2007 compared with 1,612,630 the previous year - a growth of 8,237, or 0.51 percent. It is the third most populous county in New York state.Staten Island, the 10th most populous county, had the greatest proportional growth, rising to 481,613 in 2007 compared with 478,876 in 2006, a gain of 2,737, or 0.57 percent.The Bronx grew to 1,373,659 in 2007 from 1,371,353 the previous year, an increase of 2,306 people, or 0.17 percent. It has the fifth largest population of New York counties.Among the big losers in population was Nassau County, which dropped to an estimated 1,306,533 people in 2007 from 1,312,756 in 2006, a loss of 6,223 people or 0.5 percent of the population. Erie County in update New York had 913,338 people in 2007, compared with 918,339 in 2006, a loss of 5,001 people, or 0.5 percent.The federal government has several uses for these estimates, which are used to determine federal funding for areas and to calculate survey controls. The next national census will be in 2010.Reach reporter Jeremy Walsh by e-mail at jwalsh@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 154.

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