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Alamance population up, but not explosive

Alamance County had the 19th largest increase in population growth among all 100 counties, in terms of the actual number of new residents (2,547, or a 1.4 percent increase), between July 2022 and July 2023, according to the state demographer’s office, a nonpartisan group of data scientists based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill known informally as Carolina Demography.

The county’s population increased from 176,618 residents in July 2022 to 179,165 people in July 2023, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.

While the county’s 1.4 percent population growth rate lags behind the previous rate reported by the U.S. Census Bureau – which showed that Alamance County’s population had grown by 13.4 percent between 2010 and 2010, putting it at the 15th most populous county in the state – Alamance County’s population growth was the 18th largest in North Carolina as of July 2023, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

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Alamance was one of 26 counties in which population growth exceeded the overall statewide rate (1.3 percent) between July 2022 and July 2023, and was one of 75 counties that experienced a growth in population during the same period, according to an analysis released Monday by Carolina Demography.

Overall, North Carolina’s population increased by 1.3 percent, or by 139,526 residents (from 10,695,965 residents to 10,835,491 residents) from July 2022 to July 2023, based on the latest population estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Most of this increase was due to net migration (more people moved to North Carolina than out),” researcher Lisa Carlson wrote in her analysis for Carolina Demography.

Alamance County had 18 more births than deaths between July 2022 and July 2023.  That data showed that, between July 2022 and July 2023, there were 1,944 births and 1,926 deaths in Alamance County.

The latest estimates don’t break down population growth within each of Alamance County’s cities and towns.

A separate data set released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the population within the Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased by a total of 7,739 new residents between April 2020 (when the most recent Census was conducted) and July 2023, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the total net migration into Alamance County between during that one-year period between July 2022 and July of last year, 2,208 new residents were classified as “domestic,” while 315 were classified as “international,” according to the Census Bureau.

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