Good news and bad news for Greensboro can be found in the latest population figures from the North Carolina Office of State Management and Budget.

The figures recently released are for municipal population changes from April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022.

In the last US Census in 2020, Greensboro was just a hair under 300,000 at 299,1010, and in the 2022 figures Greensboro had made it over the hump and the official population figure for July 1, 2022 is 301,495.

The bad news is that the growth in two years was only 2,394 or 0.8 percent, which compared to Greensboro’s peer cities in the state is anemic.

There is a statewide housing shortage in part caused by the tremendous growth in population in the state, but other cities, according to the figures, are dealing with that housing shortage better than Greensboro.

Greensboro maintained its ranking as the third largest city in the state, but according to the figures, unless there is a major change in policy by the Greensboro City Council, being number three isn’t going to last long.

The fourth largest city in the state is Durham, which according to the 2020 Census had a population of 283,507. The latest figures show that by 2022 the population in Durham had grown to 292,939. The population growth during that period was 9,432 or 3.3 percent.

So according to the latest figures, Greensboro’s population is 8,556 higher than Durham’s, and during the past two years Durham added 7,038 more to its population than Greensboro.

At that rate, Durham will pass Greensboro in population long before the 2030 US Census.

Even Winston-Salem right next door grew in population more than twice as fast as Greensboro. Winston-Salem’s growth rate was 1.9 percent to a 2022 population of 254,200.

Charlotte’s population growth was almost three times that of Greensboro’s, at 2.3 percent, to a population in 2022 of 894,866.

Fayetteville grew at a rate of 2.2 percent to 213,032 in 2022.

Wilmington left all those cities behind in population growth with 5.1 percent to 121,309.