RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Our population is at 10 million and growing, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
It says North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states - increasing at the rate of 281 people per day. We also have the 5th largest population growth in the country from 2010-2015 and are now the 9th largest state by population.
That's a lot of neighbors!
"Those of us who live in North Carolina know why this state is such a great place to live," said Governor Pat McCrory in a statement. "With our growing economy, great colleges and universities and quality of life, from the mountains to the coast, nothing compares to North Carolina."
The governor added that North Carolina needs to prepare now for more anticipated growth.
"Our transportation system and other infrastructure need to be upgraded as North Carolina continues to grow," he said. "That is why I have put our 25 year vision for transportation in place. Our state's transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in attracting and retaining businesses and connecting people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. The time to start is now if we want to be ready for the future growth."