A recent posting at the Carolina Demography program from the University of North Carolina Population Center points to continued growth for North Carolina.
The current estimate, from the U.S. Census Bureau, places our current population at 10.5 million people. That places North Carolina just shy of Georgia in terms of population, and 9th overall in the nation. From July 2018 to July 2019, North Carolina added more than 100,000 new residents – the fourth largest increase in raw population among the nation. North Carolina grew twice as fast as the national average: 1% as opposed to 0.5%.