North Carolina's surging population figure closing in on Michigan's total

From staff reportsDecember 30, 2013 

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A long row of homes on Bradhurst Place, inside the Carolina Preserve at Amberly, a massive subdivision that straddles the Wake and Chatham County line, photographed on Thursday February 7, 2013.

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North Carolina's population is on pace to pass Michigan’s in the new year, according to a U.S. Census estimate released Monday.

That would lift it to ninth in state population rankings, just below Georgia, which itself slipped by Michigan in the estimates a year ago.

North Carolina is among the nation's fastest-growing states, with a 3 percent jump in population since the last full census, in 2010.

According to the new estimate, there were 9,848,060 people living here as of July 1, up more than 100,000 from the previous year.

That leaves North Carolina with just 48,000 fewer residents than Michigan, which has been hit hard in recent years by the loss of industrial jobs, and is among the slowest-growing states. It added just 13,000 additional residents of its own since 2012.

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