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N.C. has fourth-fastest growing population

The state gained almost 181,000 residents between July 2007 and July 2008, a growth of 2 percent.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Carolina continues to gain residents, newly released census data shows.

The state gained almost 181,000 residents between July 2007 and July 2008, a growth of 2 percent. Of those, more than 120,000 came as a result of migration into the state from elsewhere in the country and the world.

An estimated 9.2 million people live in the state, the Census Bureau said.

The Tar Heel state has the fourth-fastest rate of growth in the country, behind Utah, Arizona and Texas. South Carolina and Georgia were also among the top 10 in population gain for the past year.

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