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Census shows Durham now NC’s 4th-largest city

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau say Durham has squeaked past Winston-Salem by 867 people to become North Carolina’s fourth-largest city.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the bureau said Winston-Salem grew 1.2 percent from 2010 to 2011. The city added 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.

This isn’t 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 returned Winston-Salem to fourth place in 2007, although it took a challenge to the estimates for Winston-Salem to secure that spot.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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