North Carolina becomes ninth state with population of 10 million or more

NORTH CAROLINA — Congratulations, North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau reported the state now has more than 10 million residents.

State population estimates released in December revealed that North Carolina added more than 100,000 people during the last year to become the ninth state with 10 million or more people.

The growth to reach this milestone was, in large part, propelled by two metro areas partially or completely within the state: Raleigh, the 16th fastest-growing metro area in the U.S., and Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina-South Carolina, the 17th largest numeric-gaining metro area in the U.S. Together, these two metro areas grew by about 78,000 people.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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