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Queen City 10th in population growth

The Queen City crossed over the 820,000 population threshold — 827,097 to be exact — as of July 2015, according to a U.S. Census report released this week.

It ranked 10th nationally in the number of people added between July 2014 and July 2015 — 17,695 residents according to the report. That’s roughly the entire population of Avery County arriving in the city.

That, along with 11,000 new Raleigh residents, helped to push North Carolina over the 10 million population threshold for the first time in December. Raleigh ranked 18th in population gain, with 451,066 people in July 2015.

With regard to percentage gains, though, Texas was home to the largest increases in the report. Georgetown, Texas, saw its population rise 7.8 percent between July 2014 and July 2015, making it the nation’s fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more, according to the report.

Georgetown is part of the Austin-Round Rock metro area, which crossed the 2 million population threshold in 2015 for the first time, according to statistics released earlier this year. This metro area is also home to Pflugerville, the nation’s 11th fastest-growing large city. Austin itself added more people over the period (19,000) than all but seven other U.S. cities.

Texas was home to five of the 11 fastest-growing cities, and five of the eight that added the most people.

New York remained the nation’s most populous city and gained 55,000 people during the year ending July 1, 2015, which is more than any other U.S. city.

Denver joined the list of the 20 most populous cities in the United States, moving up two spots to 19th. It displaced Detroit, which fell from 18th to 21st. In addition, Seattle moved up two spots to 18th. Denver and Seattle were both among the nation’s 11 top numerically gaining cities.

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