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Raleigh among fastest-growing cities in NC

Posted March 2, 2011

— Raleigh is among North Carolina’s fastest-growing cities, with a nearly 50 percent increase in residents over the past decade.

U.S. census numbers released Tuesday shows the city, still the second largest in the state, reached a population of 403,892 in 2010 – a 46.3 percent jump since 2000 and the third strongest increase among the state’s 20 largest cities.

Much of North Carolina’s growth came in areas around Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington.

Huntersville, a suburb of Charlotte, posted a population growth of 87.4 percent. Fayetteville’s population boomed 65.7 percent.

Charlotte is still the largest city in the state with a population of 731,424 – a 35.2 percent growth rate from 10 years ago.

At the bottom of the ranking, Rocky Mount grew the least, at a rate of 2.8 percent with a growth of 1,584 people.

Only a handful of counties lost residents, mostly rural ones in the northeastern part of the state.

Numbers also show the Latino population doubling from less than 400,000 to more than 800,000. The number of white residents grew 13 percent while the black population grew 18 percent.

The state's overall population jumped more than 18 percent from 2000 to 2010 and now totals more than 9.5 million.

“(An) 18.5 percent growth cannot be overstated,” political analyst John Davis said Wednesday. “I mean, that's just phenomenal. We are No. 5 in the nation as far as the states with the most newcomers. We're now the tenth largest state in the nation, so it's having a dramatic impact on who we are and certainly will impact how we vote.”

The population figures will inform state lawmakers as they prepare to redraw state and federal districts for lawmakers. Because of the geographical differences over the past decade, the Census figures show a wide disparity in population within each of the state's 13 congressional districts.

Reps. David Price, a Democrat, and Sue Myrick, a Republican, now sit in districts that are well above the average population. Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield, meanwhile, now represents a district with almost 100,000 fewer people than the state average.

“With the release of detailed 2010 Census data today, the redistricting process has officially begun,” state Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, said.

“North Carolinians expect to see a fair and open redistricting process, and Democrats will accept nothing less than legislative and congressional districts that are fair, legal, and representative of all of North Carolina’s people,” he added.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 3, 7:16 p.m.

    "Interesting that not one of the comments states that only 8% of the population increase is Hispanic. Neither do I see any reference to the panhanlders in the intersections/traffic lights/corners being white and in many cases able bodied men who don't work, and are just looking for handouts. They all speak "ingles". As a native and unemployed white, Republican/Conservative, who had their job sent overseas under the Bush administration I do find many of these comments/assumptions insulting. They make us look like the racists the Northerners think we are."

    The politically correct WRAL has been censoring all postings related to hispanics.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 3, 7:15 p.m.

    "“North Carolinians expect to see a fair and open redistricting process, and Democrats will accept nothing less than legislative and congressional districts that are fair, legal, and representative of all of North Carolina’s people,” he added."

    He forgot to mention a hundred years of political gerrymandering by the Democrats when they redrew the districts every 10 years.

    I view this as a positive with the Republicans in a position to undo the 100 years of political gerrymandering done by the Democrats.

  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 3, 12:20 p.m.

    Goin' after ALL the icons, huh? You must be one 'a them big shot, smart-talkin' city fellers. ;)

  • rickmarie1972 Mar 3, 12:08 p.m.

    Can someone add the average age of the increase. Are we growing in the 25-45 or is a large % over 65?

  • I Change This Name Daily Mar 3, 10:47 a.m.

    i blame censorship

  • I Change This Name Daily Mar 3, 10:47 a.m.

    i blame golo

  • I Change This Name Daily Mar 3, 10:46 a.m.

    i totally blame obamacare

  • dmccall Mar 3, 10:06 a.m.

    This is somewhat akin to Ruth's Chris being named the "Best Steak in Cary". (a friend gave us that assessment one time and we LOL'd)

  • me2you Mar 3, 9:59 a.m.

    Seems like it's difficult to build Raleighs skyline when you have Durham competing?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 3, 9:57 a.m.

    "WRAL, my post was totally within GOLO guidelines."

    You forgot, they do it their way. You're simply a follower.

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