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Winner: Las Vegas
Population growth 2000-2009: 38%

Though population growth in the Sin City has recently come to a screeching halt, the area is posting overall gains thanks to the boom in the earlier part of the decade.

Growth slowed to just 1% last year, but Las Vegas' population jumped 4% annually for the first six years of the oughts, making it a big winner for the census.

Rewards:

* Will likely receive quite a bit more than the $1 billion in federal funds the city earned in 2008.

* Nevada could pick up a fourth congressional seat.

NEXT: Winner: Austin, Texas

Last updated April 06 2010: 7:01 AM ET
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