North Carolina is still the 10th largest state in the nation, but if growth continues at the pace it has been, the Tarheel state could be number 9 next year.
As of July 1, North Carolina's population is estimated to be over 9.8 million people. Last year the number was at 9.7.
For three years in a row, the state has grown by nearly 100,000 people a year.
It is now the second fastest-growing state in the nation, behind Florida, and we continue to cut into number 9 Michigan's lead.
A year ago, Michigan had 131,000 more people. Now, it's just at 47,000 more residents.
The breakdowns by cities and counties have not been released yet. The census is expected to release those numbers sometime in March.
Last year, growth in Raleigh, Durham, and Cary made the Triangle the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation.