Moving On Up
With a population that has more than doubled in less than a decade, Leland is the fastest-growing town in North Carolina.
According the U.S. Census Bureau, Leland is now considered the fastest-growing municipality in North Carolina and the 12th fastest-growing in the United States. That’s according to U.S. Census Bureau data released on May 21, 2020, based on 2019 estimates for cities and towns based on cumulative population change.
From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019, Leland’s population jumped from 13,614 in 2010 to 23,544 last year, an increase of approximately 73 percent.
Leland also ranks high on the list of fastest-growing cities and towns nationwide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates place the town as 12th in the country, above Fuquay-Varina and Apex, the state’s second and third most rapidly growing towns, respectively. Fuquay-Varina ranks 17 in the United States for overall population growth between 2010 and 2019, and Apex is 22. Wilmington grew an estimated 16.2 percent between 2010 and 2019.
“While this is exciting news, these numbers don’t surprise me one bit,” noted Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman 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.”
The recent population estimates are based on the 2010 U.S. Census, not 2020 Census counts. North Carolina will also release its own certified population estimates from the State Demographer’s Office this year.
To view an interactive map of the fastest-growing towns and cities in the U.S. and related data, visit www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/fastest-growing-city.html.
Leland, North Carolina Through The Years: