Maryland's population grew less than one percent last year, matching the nation's slowing growth rate according to estimates released Monday by the Census Bureau.

As of July 1, the state stood at an estimated 5.93 million people, up about 2.4 percent from 5.8 million in 2010. Between 2012 and 2013, the state's population grew .7 percent.

The District of Columbia grew 2 percent between 2012 and 2013, the second fastest rate in the country behind North Dakota at roughly 3 percent.

Earlier estimates from the American Community Survey showed Maryland's population growth fueled by the Washington, D.C's boom, spreading into Montgomery and Howard Counties. Baltimore City, with about 621,00 people, grew for the first time in years, though slowly, with a .2 percent growth between 2011 and 2012.