City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case.
Al.com reports that Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip - 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's gain was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate.
The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.