By The Census Numbers: NC Grows 18.5 Percent; SC 15.3 Since 2000
North Carolina has grown 18.5 percent since 2000. The state's official population is 9,535,483, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday. North Carolina narrowly missed out on gaining a congressional seat, while South Carolina's U.S. House delegation grew to seven. New census figures released today show the official population of the United States is 308,745,538. North Carolina has grown 18.5 percent since 2000. The state's official population is 9,535,483. North Carolina narrowly missed out on gaining a congressional seat. But South Carolina's growth of 15.3 percent was enough to give it a new congressional seat, bringing its total to 7. Much of South Carolina's growth has been along the coast, but House Judiciary chairman Jim Harrison said that doesn't mean a new seat will be concentrated in the region. "In dividing the state up seven ways equally, I don't think you'll see a district in one spot. I think you'll see more changes all over the state than just creating a new district along the coast," Harrison said. Harrison will play a key role in the redistricting process. As judiciary chairman, he's in charge of the redistricting committee in the House. He points out there's also been strong growth in York County and the Greenville/Spartanburg areas. South Carolina's population now stands at 4,625,364. The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release more detailed demographic information in February or March.