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Census data shows population growth in some local counties, decline in others

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 population data Thursday, August 12, 2021 showing an overall increase in the total population of the country of 7.4%. According to the Census Bureau, that is the slowest growth rate of the country since the 1930s. The total 2020 population of the United States grew by 22,703,743 to 331,449,281.

“We are excited to reach this milestone of delivering the first detailed statistics from the 2020 Census,” said Ron Jarmin, acting Census Bureau director. “We appreciate the public’s patience as Census Bureau staff worked diligently to process these data and ensure it meets our quality standards.”

Information is further broken down to state and county levels.

Statewide, total population grew to 10,439,388 in 2020, up from 9,535,483 in 2010. The difference of 903,905 represents a 9.5% increase, with overall population density for 2020 listed as 214.7 people per square mile. North Carolina is ranked 9th in the United States in terms of total 2020 population.

At the local level, some counties showed growth, while others saw declines in population over the past decade. Marc Perry, a senior demographer at the Census Bureau, said that “around 52% of the counties in the United States saw their 2020 Census populations decrease from their 2010 Census populations.”

Dare County’s population grew to 36,915 in 2020, up from 33,920 in 2010. The difference of 2,995 residents represents an 8.8% increase, with population density listed as 96.3 people per square mile. Dare County is ranked 66th in the state in terms of total 2020 population and 28th in the state in terms of percent of change in the population.

Currituck County’s population grew to 28,100 in 2020, up from 23,543 in 2010. The difference of 4,553 residents represents a 19.3% increase, well above the state’s overall growth rate of 9.5%. Population density for 2020 is listed as 107.3 people per square mile. Currituck County is ranked 72nd in the state in terms of total 2020 population and 8th in the state in terms of percent of change in the population.

Hyde County’s population dropped to 4,589 in 2020, down from 5,810 in 2010. The difference of 1,221 residents represents a 21% decrease. Population density for 2020 is listed as 7.5 people per square mile. Hyde County is ranked 99th in the state in terms of total 2020 population and in terms of percent of change in the population.

Tyrrell County’s population dropped to 3,245 in 2020, down from 4,407 in 2010. The difference of 1,162 residents represents a 26.4% decrease. Population density for 2020 is listed as 8.3 people per square mile. Tyrrell County is ranked 100th in the state in terms of total 2020 population and in terms of percent of change in the population.

Pasquotank County’s population dropped slightly to 40,568 in 2020 from 40,661 in 2010. The difference of 93 residents represents a .2% decrease, with population density listed as 178.8 people per square mile. Pasquotank County is ranked 62nd in the state in terms of total 2020 population and 50th in the state in terms of percent of change in the population.

Camden County’s population grew to 10,355 in 2020, up from 9,980 in 2010. The difference of 375 residents represents a 3.8% increase. Population density for 2020 is listed as 43.1 people per square mile. Camden County is ranked 96th in the state in terms of total 2020 population and 37th in the state in terms of percent of change in the population.

Perquimans County’s population dropped to 13,005 in 2020, down from 13,453 in 2010. The difference of 448 residents represents a 3.3% decrease in population. Population density is listed as 52.6 people per square mile. Perquimans County is ranked 90th in the state in terms of total 2020 population and 64th in terms of percent of change in the population.

Washington County’s population dropped to 11,003 in 2020, down from 13,228 in 2010. The difference of 2,225 residents represents a 16.8% decrease in population, with population density in 2020 listed as 31.8 people per square mile.

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