Raleigh, N.C. — The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area population grew 2.9 percent from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011. That rate was the fifth highest nationwide.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines a metro area as having a population of at least 1 million.
Other areas in North Carolina also experienced growth during the same 15-month period. Dunn was named the fifth fastest growing micro area and ranked number one in population increase among micro areas.
Micro areas contain at least one urban cluster of 10,000 to 50,000 people, according to the Census Bureau.
Hoke County was the eighth fastest growing county, expanding at a rate of 4.9 percent during the time period.