North Carolina Population 2016
Situated on the east coast of the United States, North Carolina is just the 28th largest state in the country in terms of area but it has a relatively high population density. The North Carolina population statistics make for very interesting reading as a whole, but how do the numbers stack up in recent years? It's estimated North Carolina's population has reached exceed 10 million in 2016, up from the 2010 population of 9.53 million. North Carolina currently has a very healthy growth rate of 1.13%, which ranks 14th in the nation.
To gauge the North Carolina population in 2016, it's essential to look at the last set of confirmed figures which were declared at the time of the official US census of 2010. At the time, it was reported that there were 9,535,483 people living in the state, and that represented a significant rise of 18.5% from the numbers declared in 2000.
It's now estimated that North Carolina's population has grown even further to 10,042,802, making North Carolina the 10th most populous state in the entire country.
North Carolina may only rank in the lower middle half of the US in terms of size but it more than makes up for those statistics with its population density. The total surface area is 53,819 square miles (139,390 square kilometers) and there is an average of 196 people for every square mile. This makes North Carolina the 15th most densely populated state in the US.
North Carolina has three major Combined Statistical Areas with populations over 1.6 million, as of 2016. This includes: Metrolina (Charlotte - Gastonia - Salisbury, North Carolina - South Carolina), pop 2.38 million The Triangle (Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill, North Carolina), pop 1.8 million The Triad (Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina), pop 1.5 million
Charlotte is by far the largest city in North Carolina, claiming 827,097 residents out of the total population of over 10 million. While North Carolina has historically been a rural area, the past thirty years have seen a rapid increase in urbanization, like most of the United States. Today, most of the residents of North Carolina live in urban and suburban areas.