North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2014

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AROUND THE STATE Alleghany Ashe Surry Stokes 77 Watauga 321 52 Wilkes Forsyth Yadkin Winston-Salem 421 PHYSICAL REGIONS 321 Avery Mitchell Caldwell Mountains Piedmont Inner Coastal Plain Tidewater 26 Madison 40 Asheville 70 Burke 64 74 74 Jackson Transylvania Henderson Cherokee Macon 74 Shelby Davidson Rowan Mooresville Kannapolis Concord Cleveland Polk 74 77 Lincoln 64 Lexington Statesville 70 Salisbury 321 Rutherford Graham Hickory Catawba Haywood Swain 40 Buncombe 64 64 Morganton McDowell Thomasville 40 Iredell 64 70 High Point Davie Alexander Lenoir Yancey Cabarrus Gaston 85 Stanly Gastonia 26 Mecklenburg Charlotte 64 Clay 64 Monroe Union 74 Anson CITY POPULATION CITY POPULATION 1. Charlotte 33,442 27. Monroe 33,201 275,029 28. Wake Forest 31,785 4. Durham 236,566 29. New Bern 29,926 5. Winston-Salem 233,232 30. Sanford 28,670 6. Fayetteville 209,080 31. Matthews 28,403 7. Cary 142,382 32. Garner 26,748 8. Wilmington 109,689 33. Thomasville 26,746 9. High Point With an estimated 9,752,073 residents on July 1, 2012, North Carolina is the nation's 10th largest state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its population increased 2.3% since Census Day, April 1, 2010. In July 2013, Forbes magazine named Charlotte — the state's largest city — the fourth fastest-growing city in the country since the start of the Great Recession. The city's population grew 15.8% since 2007. Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham were ninth, 12th and 14th, respectively, on the list. 26. Salisbury 418,099 3. Greensboro LARGEST CITIES 765,464 2. Raleigh 106,393 34. Holly Springs 26,522 10. Asheville 86,205 35. Cornelius 26,433 11. Greenville 86,142 36. Asheboro 25,314 12. Concord 81,350 37. Statesville 24,710 13. Jacksonville 76,492 38. Mint Hill 23,905 14. Gastonia 72,507 39. Kernersville 23,823 15. Chapel Hill 59,271 40. Lumberton 21,488 16. Rocky Mount 56,650 41. Kinston 21,471 17. Burlington 51,195 42. Havelock 21,128 18. Huntersville 50,141 43. Morrisville 20,164 19. Wilson 49,437 44. Carrboro 20,159 20. Kannapolis 43,311 45. Shelby 20,151 21. Hickory 40,039 46. Fuquay-Varina 19,373 22. Apex 39,765 47. Clemmons 18,960 23. Goldsboro 35,609 48. Lexington 18,628 24. Indian Trail 34,761 49. Elizabeth City 18,449 25. Mooresville 34,209 50. Boone 18,089 Source: N.C. Office of State Budget and Management, 2012 56 NO RT H C AROL I NA E CO NOMI C DE V ELOP M E N T GU IDE 8

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