Census Shows State Has 5th Largest Population Growth

In a year when the United States saw the lowest population growth rate since the 1940s, North Carolina managed to be one of the states posting a significant increase in residents.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that North Carolina added about 121,000 residents between April 2010 and July 2011. That's the fifth largest overall increase in the country, behind Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.

Those five states combined account for more than half the entire country's population growth during that time.

Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says that's good news.

But Guillory says a growing population puts pressure on the state's economy to create more jobs. North Carolina's unemployment rate is currently 10 percent.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:07 PM
    If we took all the illegal out if the state it would be a much different outcome!
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      by Took Out? on Dec 22, 2011 at 02:49 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Why don't we do that?
  • by Juan Garcia on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Gracias America! We love it here!!!
  • by Skeptical Location: FoodLIne on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    90% of the new citizens are on some type of entitlement. God Help us !!
  • by V on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    I wonder how many are working residents versus welfare residents?
  • by Bugged Location: Kinston on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    That would be because of the constant influx of illegal aliens. Sure I guess if I was living in Mexico I'd come here too...Free EVERYTHING!! Too bad I'm white. It pisses me off that I have to press 1 for English and that every document I fill out for work, school, or business related is also in Spanish.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    I hope we lose one specific citizen locally... Dave. You know the PSU loving, under-employed, emotionally wounded soul that used to frequently post his wounded angst on this site before PSU became a huge shameful scandal. Hopefully, he will one day soon take his loathesome self away from NC and practice his immature acting out behavior elsewhere and on someone else's taxpayer supported dime.
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      by Yep! on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:44 PM in reply to Anonymous
      You said it well Anonymous- Good riddance Dave, and with God-speed take your miserable life and self-hatred elsewhere!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    Doggone Snow Birds and Floridiots.
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      by Anonymous Too on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to
      Ah! Ah! If you say it, they will come.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Charlotte on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    Yeah, I caught that too. Its because Bev is so illegal friendly...heck, they can even vote in our elections and get all kinds of money for unmarried illegals that have babies. They don't even have to pay taxes in NC, isn't that just user friendly?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Don't you mean loser-friendly?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Notice this story did not say legal citizens. No wonder so many billboards are now in spanish. Duh

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