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N.C. continues fast growth pace

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1/10/2013 - N.C. continues fast growth pace
by Chris BagleyStaff Writer- Triangle Business Journal

North Carolina's population is outgrowing those of most other states, according to annual estimates the U.S. Census Bureau published Thursday.

The agency estimated the state's population at 9,752,073 as of July 1. The growth of 100,970 from July 1, 2011, was the fifth-largest figure in the nation, behind only Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.

In percentage terms, the Tar Heel population increased by 1.05 percent. Only nine states and the District of Columbia grew more rapidly. North Dakota and D.C. led with about 2.15 percent growth.

The Census also gave state-by-state estimates for births, deaths, and net migration.

North Carolina's growth looked especially strong in terms of net migration. The state gained 60,100 more residents through migration than it lost, the fourth-largest net total in the nation. Only Texas, Florida and California gained more.

In percentage terms, net migration added 0.62 percent to North Carolina's population. That ranking was 11th among the 50 states and D.C. North Dakota, which is in the middle of a natural gas boom, led with 1.7 percent growth through migration.

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