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Census shows SC, NC populations continue to grow

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -

South Carolina's population grew by almost 150,000 people from 2012 to 2013, largely because of people moving to the state.

New population estimates were released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

The numbers show that, as of last July 1, the estimated state population was approaching 4.8 million people.

The figures also show that South Carolina has four of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties by percentage growth - all of them on the coast. They include Jasper, Horry, Beaufort and Berkeley counties.

The Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, which includes Brunswick County in North Carolina, was the 7th-fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation with the population increasing 2.7 percent between July 1 of 2012 and last July 1.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the population of North Carolina is now approaching 9.9 million people.

The bureau released new population estimates for 2013 Thursday. The state's population from the 2010 census was 9.5 million.

The numbers show the state's southeast corner is one of the fastest growing areas in America.

Brunswick County is in the metropolitan area that includes Myrtle Beach-Conway and North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and that area was the 7th fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation, with the population increasing 2.7 percent between July 1 of 2012 and last July 1st.

The new numbers show that five of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties are in North Carolina.

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