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Mebane, Graham lead municipal population growth in county between 2020 and 2023

The latest Census data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce last week shows that every municipality in Alamance County added residents between 2020 and 2023, putting the county at the 15th most populous among the state’s 100 counties, a ranking that remains on par with previous data released in 2021 following the last Census conducted at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Population within the city of Mebane continued to eclipse nine other incorporated cities and towns in Alamance County, increasing by 10.9 percent, adding 1,981 new residents, for a total of 20,212 residents, between 2020 and 2023, according to the Census Bureau (see accompanying chart).

Graham experienced the second-largest increase in population, a rate of 7 percent, among the county’s 10 incorporated municipalities, adding 1,194 new residents during the three years between 2020 and 2023, the latest period for which the figures are available.

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Green Level had the third-highest growth rate, percentage-wise, at 4.5 percent, adding 142 residents (for a total of 3,293 people) between 2020 and 2023.

Burlington, which remains the county’s largest city, grew by 4.4 percent between 2020 and 2023, increasing by2,536 residents, from 57,496 to 60,032 people between 2020 and 2023.

While Burlington had one of the smaller growth rates among the counties and towns in Alamance County, it had the 17th largest population increase among 550 incorporated municipalities between 2020 and 2023, according to the latest Census figures.

Mebane was the 48th fastest growing cities and towns, among 550 incorporated municipalities, in North Carolina between 2020 and 2023, and Graham was the 57th fastest growing municipality in the state during that time.

Gibsonville, which straddles the Alamance and Guilford County lines, experienced a 3.9 percent increase in population, adding 357 new residents between 2020 and 2023, for a total population of 9,496 people.

The town of Elon had the smallest population growth rate (1.7 percent) among incorporated municipalities in the county, adding 191 residents between 2020 and 2021, for a total population of 11,520.

The unincorporated parts of Alamance County also grew by 563 residents, from 49,227 to 49,790 residents, between 2020 and 2023, though unincorporated areas represented the smallest overall growth rate of 1.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Wake and Mecklenburg counties remain the two largest in the state, with 1.2 million and 1.1 million residents, respectively, as of July 2023.

Likewise, Charlotte and Raleigh continued to be the fastest-growing cities in the state, with 911,311 and 482,295 residents, respectively, as of July 2023, based on the latest Census figures.

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