Durham replaces Winston-Salem as NC’s fourth-largest city

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham has edged out Winston-Salem as the state’s fourth-largest city — by 867 people, according to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau said Winston-Salem grew 1.2 percent from 2010 to 2011, adding 2,768 people to reach an estimated population of 232,385.

During the same period, Durham added 4,922 people, and its population stood at 233,252. Durham experienced a 2.2 percent growth.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Durham would be overtaking us since they were so close to us in 2010,” said Paul Norby, the director of the City-County Planning Department in Forsyth County. “I would say that the Triad area in general has had a tougher time than the Triangle and Charlotte, even though they have obviously experienced the recession, too.”

It’s not the first time the two cities have swapped places. Durham edged out Winston-Salem in the 2000 Census by about 1,300 people. A round of annexations put Winston-Salem back in fourth place in 2007, although it took a challenge to the estimates for Winston-Salem to nail down its position.

This article was written by Wesley Young and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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