Raleigh’s population increased over 60 percent from 2000 to 2010, ranking N.C.’s capital the 21st fastest growing urban area in the country.
RALEIGH — Raleigh was the 21st fastest growing urban area in the country during the first decade of the new century, according to numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
By the bureau’s reckoning, the country has 486 urban areas, defined as “densely developed residential, commercial or other nonresidential areas,” including places such as Burlington and Greenville. Raleigh and Durham are separate urban areas, according to the bureau.
The Raleigh urban area added more than 343,000 residents in the decade ending 2010, a 63.4 percent increase to nearly 885,000. The Durham urbanized area added nearly 60,000 residents in that time, a 20.8 percent increase.
Among urban areas with 1 million or more residents, Charlotte’s population grew fastest, 64.6 percent.
The nation’s urban population grew by 12.1 percent during the decade, faster than the overall growth rate of 9.7 percent. Urban areas now account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population, according to the census bureau North Carolina has the second largest rural population, at 3.2 million, behind Texas and ahead of Pennsylvania.
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