RALEIGH — North Carolina’s population grew by more than 100,000 in the year ending last July, as it remained the country’s 10th most populous state, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.
An estimated 9,752,073 people lived in North Carolina last July 1, according to the Census Bureau. Only four states – California, Texas, Florida and Georgia – had a larger population gain in the preceding year.
Michigan is now the ninth most populous state, falling behind eighth place Georgia.
North Carolina trails Michigan by about 131,000 people, and it’s just a matter of time before it moves up, too. North Carolina’s population has grown 2.3 percent since the decennial census in April 2010, while Michigan and Rhode Island saw small declines.
North Dakota had the highest rate of growth since 2010, at an estimated 4 percent, fueled by a boom in its oil fields.