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NC population tops 10M

Posted December 22, 2015

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— North Carolina has become the ninth state with more than 10 million residents, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

The Tar Heel State added 281 people per day from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015, bringing its population to 10,042,802, according to the latest population estimates. The state ranked behind only Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and Washington in annual growth.

"Those of us who live in North Carolina know why this state is such a great place to live," Gov. Pat McCrory said 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."

Population is critical in divvying up federal money and U.S. House seats among states. North Carolina picked up its 13th House seat after the 2000 census, and it is now pulling away from Michigan, which in 10th in population and has 14 House seats.

California is by far the most-populous state, with 39.1 million residents, followed by Texas at 27.5 million residents and Florida at 20.3 million residents. Georgia is No. 8, less than 200,000 people ahead of North Carolina.

The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 0.79 percent over the period. to 321.4 million, slightly faster than the rate of growth over the previous one-year period, according to the Census Bureau.

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