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U.S. Census Bureau has revised its 2008 population estimate for Winston-Salem and now puts the city population at 227,834. This is an increase of more than 10,000 from the previous 2008 estimate, which the city challenged.

Paul Norby, the city-county planning director, said that the new estimate is just 528 less than the N.C. demographer’s estimate of 228,362. The revised estimate is important because it is used in determining federal distributions and grants based on population, Norby said.

With the revised estimate, Winston-Salem ranks as the 84th largest city in the United States, ahead of Baton Rouge, La., and just behind Birmingham, Ala.

The Census Bureau originally estimated the city’s 2008 population at 217,600, which was almost 6,000 less than its revised 2007 estimate of 223,532.


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