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North Carolina logs 18.5 percent population increase

Increase not enough to earn another seat in U.S. House

North Carolina’s population has grown by 1.48 million since 2000, or 18.5 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state’s population was 9.5 million at the time of the 2010 census, up from 8.04 million in 2000.

But the increase was not enough to earn the state another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the apportionment of representatives that follows the release of the census results. There will be 13 North Carolina representatives in the U.S. House.

South Carolina, however, will gain one more seat in the House. The state had a 15.3 percent population increase. South Carolina gained 613,352 residents during the past decade, rising to 4.62 million from 4.01 million in 2000.

The nation’s total population is 312 million, up 9.6 percent from 285 million in 2000.

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