N.C. still among fastest-growing states
RALEIGH — North Carolina has remained among the fastest-growing states in the nation during the economic downturn, adding an estimated 121,000 residents in the 15 months that ended in July, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state had an estimated 9,656,401 residents on July 1, or 1.3 percent more than the decennial census count on April 1, 2010. The nation’s population grew 0.9 percent during that time, the slowest growth rate since the mid-1940s, the census bureau reported Wednesday.
The estimates show that population growth in North Carolina has slowed since the beginning of the recession four years ago, but that the state remains among the top gainers.
The state ranked fifth in numerical growth during the 15-month period ending July 1, behind Texas, California, Florida and Georgia. As for the rate of change, North Carolina was the 11th fastest growing state during that time, behind Georgia.
North Carolina has gained more than 1.5 million people since 2000 and remains the 10th most populous state, just behind Georgia and ahead New Jersey.