Charlotte, North Carolina, is now the 15th largest US city

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Charlotte, NC skyline (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is now the nation’s 15th most populous city, surpassing San Francisco.

Citing new census data, The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that the city’s population jumped two spots in the past decade.

Charlotte’s population rose 19.9%. It was 731,400 in 2010 and 885,700 as of last July.

People have arrived in Charlotte from the northeastern United States and the west.

That boom has helped drive the city’s building frenzy. But it’s also been a factor in pushing up the cost of living. The city now suffers from a shortage of affordable homes.

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