North Carolina surpasses Michigan to become the nation’s ninth-most populous state

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina grew by 95,047 people during a 12-month period ending in 2014 and surpassed Michigan to become the ninth-most populous state in the nation, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

“People want to live in a place where they can fulfill their potential,” Governor McCrory said,“And for an increasing number of Americans and people throughout the world, that place is North Carolina.” 

The governor cited job creation, lower taxes and the state’s quality of life as some of the reasons for North Carolina’s growth. 

The Census Bureau pegged the state’s population at 9,943,964. The population increase of 95,047 was the sixth-largest in the nation from July 1, 2013 until July 1, 2014. In 2010, North Carolina’s population was 9,535,483 and 8,049,313 in 2000.

The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities.

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