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2010 Census shows Chatham County population increased to 63,505

Posted Friday, April 8, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - On March 2, 2011, the Census Bureau released the 2010 Census results for North Carolina. The Census Bureau reports that Chatham County’s population grew from 49,329 in 2000 to 63,505 in 2010, a 28.74% increase. Thirty-four counties in North Carolina grew by more than 15% from 2000 to 2010, including Chatham, Durham, Wake, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Alamance. The entire state grew by 18.5% to more than 9.5 million people.

Based on the 2010 Census, Pittsboro’s population increased by 68.15% from 2,226 in 2000 to 3,743 in 2010. Siler City’s population grew by 13% from 6,966 in 2000 to 7,887 in 2010. The number of Chatham County residents living inside Cary’s town limits increased from just 19 people in 2000 to over 1,400 in 2010.

In contrast, the Town of Goldston lost more than 16% of its population in the last 10 years, decreasing from 319 in 2000 to 268 in 2010. The unincorporated areas of Chatham County grew by 26%, rising from 39,799 in 2000 to more than 50,000 in 2010.

The population of county residents who are age 18 and older increased by nearly 30%, from 38,245 in 2000 to over 49,600 in 2010. The Hispanic population increased from 4,743 in 2000 to 8,228 in 2010, while the African-American population stayed about the same.

In 2000, Chatham County had 21,358 housing units, but by 2010, these had increased to 28,753 units. In 2010, the county had 2,908 vacant housing units, with 1,100 of these located in Siler City area (Matthews Township) and northeastern Chatham (Williams Township).

While the number of housing units in Chatham County has increased over the last 10 years, the percentage of occupied housing units has decreased slightly from 92% in 2000 to approximately 90% in 2010.

Wake County’s population increased by more than 43% to more than 900,000, but Mecklenburg County remained the most populous county in the state with a population growth of 32% to more than 919,000. The City of Raleigh swelled 46% to over 400,000 people, while Charlotte remained the state’s largest city with over 730,000 people, a 35% increase since 2000.

You can find more information about the 2010 Census at

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