Charlotte grows Wake Co. most populous

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau data shows North Carolina had a 9.5% growth in population over the past decade.

Charlotte is one of 14 U.S. cities that gained more than 100,000 residents from 2010 to 2020. But the latest census numbers show Wake County solidified its spot as North Carolina’s most populous county.

The figures were released minutes after North Carolina state lawmakers approved a set of criteria that they will use for redistricting.

The numbers will shape political power across the country for the next 10 years and determine how North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature draws congressional and legislative boundaries. Demographic changes highlighted in the new census data show an increasingly favorable political environment for Democrats.

Feature photo of Raleigh by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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