With whopping 73% growth rate over the decade, Leland tops state list

Leland’s population has nearly doubled over the past decade, clocking in the highest 10-year growth rate in the state. (Port City Daily photo/File)

LELAND — New U.S. Census estimates rank the Town of Leland as North Carolina’s fastest-growing community.

Close to 10,000 new residents have started calling Leland home over the past decade, according to 2019 U.S. Census estimates released Thursday. The Town has an estimated 23,500 residents as of 2019.

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With a 73% growth rate, Leland tops the state list, followed by Fuquay-Varina and Apex. Nationwide, Leland ranks 12th overall in terms of percentage growth between 2010-2019.

Comparatively, the City of Wilmington grew an estimated 16.2% over the same time frame, adding 17,200 new residents to a total of 123,700.

“While this is exciting news, these numbers don’t surprise me one bit,” Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said in a press release. “The Town has experienced a continued increase in population, particularly in recent years, as more people from across the state and the country discover all we have to offer in terms of lifestyle, amenities, and job and business opportunities, not to mention our proximity to area beaches and larger cities like Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.”

Recent estimates do not reflect data being gathered as part of the 2020 Census. If you have not yet participated in the 2020 Census, check online to learn more. Participating helps local governments receive proportionate funding to support services.


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