Population dips in Sampson, rises in Clinton

Contrary to Census numbers that show growth in many of North Carolina’s larger cities and counties, the population in Sampson County actually dipped slightly in 2014 from figures just a year prior.

New federal data has been released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing Sampson’s population totaled 64,050 as of July 1, 2014, down from 64,098 on the same date in 2013. The 2014 population figure still reflects growth from the last Census in 2010, which tallied Sampson’s population at 63,431, meaning the 2014 numbers added up to just shy of 1 percent growth over a four-year period.

And despite the estimated population decline countywide, Sampson’s seat Clinton was estimated to have a population of 8,836 in 2013 (the most recent statistics available through the U.S. Census Bureau), up from 8,640 in 2010. That is a rise of 196 people, or roughly 2.3 percent for the city during that time.

The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy, with the U.S. Census counting every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution, every 10 years. Also known as the Population and Housing Census, the Decennial U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. The next Census will be conducted for 2020, however estimates for larger cities and all counties are done in order to track trends in the decade between.

“The census tells us who we are and where we are going as a nation, and helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals,” the U.S. Census Bureau states on its website.

Additionally, the data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as helping the government decide how to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

The 2010 Census represented the “most massive participation movement ever witnessed” in the country, with approximately 74 percent of the households returning census forms by mail, according to the Census Bureau. Remaining households were counted by census workers walking neighborhoods throughout the United States.

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. The updated years in the time series supersede the previously released estimates to reflect additional data used in the population estimates.

The bureau said that the recently-released numbers show there are now 10 cities in the nation with populations of more than 1 million people. Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas, has a population in excess of 800,000, according to the newly-released population estimates for cities around the nation as of July 1 of last year.

The numbers show that Charlotte has grown by 16,000 people in a year, reflecting the city’s continuing breakneck growth that has seen the city’s population balloon to 810,000. That is an increase of about 16,000 over 2013 and a rise of more than 70,000 from the 2010 census, according to federal data.

Raleigh, the state’s second-most populous city, added about 8,000 new residents between 2013 and last year. That growth puts the capital’s population now at just under 440,000.

The town of Dellview, in Gaston County, was North Carolina’s smallest municipality, according to the data, registering only 13 residents.

As of census data released in December, North Carolina has overtaken Michigan to become the nation’s ninth-largest state, adding more than 95,000 new residents between July 2013 and July 2014. That growth pushed the state’s total estimated population to just shy of 10 million.

In Sampson County, the most updated Census figures show the following populations for Sampson’s towns: Autryville, 196; Garland, 625; Harrells, 202; Ivanhoe, 264; Newton Grove, 569; Roseboro, 1,191; and Turkey, 292.

For more information, visit census.gov.