Raleigh leads NC population growth

March 2, 2011 7:35:37 PM PST
Census figures released Wednesday show Raleigh leads North Carolina in population growth

The data from the 2010 Census shows Charlotte with 731,424, Raleigh with 403,892, Greensboro with 269,666, Winston-Salem with 229,617, and Durham with 228,330.

Charlotte grew by 35.2 percent. Raleigh grew by 46.3 percent. Greensboro grew by 20.4 percent. Winston-Salem grew by 23.6 percent, and Durham grew by 22.1 percent.

Latinos have led North Carolina's population surge over the past decade and now account for 8 percent of the state's population.

The figure show that North Carolina's overall population jumped more than 18 percent from 2000 to 2010 and now totals more than 9.5 million. Much of the growth has come in areas around Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington. Only a handful of counties lost residents, mostly in the northeastern part of the state.

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Census numbers show the Latino population doubling from less than 400,000 to more than 800,000. The number of white residents grew 13 percent while the black population grew 18 percent.

The numbers will inform state lawmakers as they prepare to redraw congressional districts.

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