North Carolina is now the 9th most populous state according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, North Carolina gained an additional 95,047 residents to reach a population of 9.94 million, surpassing Michigan’s estimated 2014 population of 9.91 million.
Some have noted that this is one of the smallest numerical increase in population the state has had since 1990. Like the nation, the combined impacts of lower levels of migration, lower fertility, and population aging have slowed the rate of population growth in recent years. At an increase of 1% between 2013 and 2014, North Carolina’s population growth has slowed significantly since its peak growth rate of 2.4% between 2005 and 2006. However, at no point since 1971 has the state’s population grown at a slower rate than the nation.