Durham population grows 2.3% in year

May. 23, 2013 @ 04:28 PM

Durham’s population grew by 2.3 percent, a rate apace with rapidly growing Raleigh, in the year ending July 1, 2012.

Durham’s population last July was 239,358, according to annual estimates released by the U. S. Census Bureau Thursday. That’s 5,405 more than the estimate on July 2, 1011.

Since the last full census in April 2010, Durham has added 11,028 residents, for a 4.8 percent growth rate. That rate, too, matches Raleigh for the same period. The state’s capital now has 423,179 residents.

Durham continues to edge ahead of Winston-Salem as the fourth-largest city in the state. Winston-Salem’s population last July was an estimated 234,349. At the 2010 census, Winston-Salem had regained the fourth place position (behind Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro) but since then Durham’s growth has outpaced the Twin Cities’. Winston-Salem has added 2,520 residents since the census, a 2.1 percent growth rate.

Durham is the nation’s 83rd largest city.

Greensboro, with 277,080 people last July, has grown 2.7 percent since the census.

Chapel Hill since 2010 has grown by just over two percent since 2010, to a July 2012 population of 58,424.

Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012, were in Texas, according to Census Bureau news release Thursday.

The fastest-growing municipalities are spread across Texas, from the High Plains of West Texas to the Houston suburbs, the bureau said. San Marcos, along the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio, had the highest rate of growth among all U.S. cities and towns with at least 50,000 people. Its population rose 4.9 percent between 2011 and 2012.