A new U.S. Census Bureau estimate indicates Wisconsin’s population grew two-percent from 2000 to 2003. The agency says the state's population now stands at about 5.5 million, after adding 108,000 people during the last three years.
The Census Bureau says the number of five to 13-year-olds in Wisconsin declined 4.4-percent between 2000 and 2003 to about 700,000. But it says that 85 and older population rose 11.2-percent to 106,000.
That age group is the fastest growing group in Wisconsin and nationwide. Those 65 and older made up 13-percent of the state's total population in 2000.