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Meck is largest county in NC, census data say

Mecklenburg County is the largest in North Carolina, while Charlotte is the most populous incorporated place in the state, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data released today.

The county has a population of 919,628, which grew by 32.2 percent since 2000.

Charlotte has 731,424 residents, according to the data. The other four most populous incorporated places: Raleigh, 403,892; Greensboro, 269,666; Winston-Salem, 229,617; and Durham, 228,330.

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Charlotte grew by 35.2 percent since the 2000 Census. But Raleigh surpassed that rate, growing 46.3 percent. Greensboro grew by 20.4 percent, Winston-Salem by 23.6 percent and Durham by 22.1 percent.

The bureau today released detailed 2010 population totals and demographic characteristics to North Carolina’s governor and state legislature. The figures are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts, taking into account population shifts since 2000 census data.

The data released today provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data from the 2010 census.

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