North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2015

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56 N O RT H C A R O L I N A E CO N O M I C D E V E LO P M E N T G U I D E 321 421 64 74 70 64 64 64 64 64 64 74 74 70 70 321 321 74 74 52 26 40 77 85 40 40 77 85 26 Clay Union Anson Cherokee Macon Polk Gaston Transylvania Graham Henderson Stanly Cabarrus Mecklenburg Jackson Lincoln Cleveland Rutherford Swain Haywood Buncombe Catawba Rowan McDowell Burke Davidson Alexander Iredell Davie Madison Yancey Caldwell Mitchell Forsyth Avery Yadkin Watauga Wilkes Stokes Surry Alleghany Ashe Statesville Lenoir Concord Hickory Gastonia Asheville High Point Winston-Salem Charlotte Monroe Salisbury Mooresville Kannapolis Lexington Thomasville Morganton Shelby AROUND THE STATE Mountains Piedmont Inner Coastal Plain Tidewater With an estimated 9,848,060 residents on July 1, 2013, North Carolina is the nation's 10th-largest state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its population increased 3.3% since Census Day, April 1, 2010. Charlotte, with almost 790,000 residents, is the state's largest city, and suburb Cornelius moved from No. 35 in 2012 to No. 32 in 2013. The Triangle region is growing, too. The Census ranked Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area 11th in the U.S. for growth from 2010 to 2013, when Raleigh grew 6.9%. Source: N.C. Offi ce of State Budget and Management, 2013 LARGEST CITIES PHYSICAL REGIONS CITY POPULATION 1. Charlotte 789,248 2. Raleigh 425,424 3. Greensboro 278,654 4. Durham 241,174 5. Winston-Salem 235,527 6. Fayetteville 210,468 7. Cary 144,671 8. Wilmington 111,773 9. High Point 107,642 10. Asheville 88,003 11. Greenville 87,241 12. Concord 83,279 13. Jacksonville 78,190 14. Gastonia 72,947 15. Chapel Hill 59,653 16. Rocky Mount 56,334 17. Huntersville 52,278 18. Burlington 51,396 19. Wilson 49,094 20. Kannapolis 43,769 21. Apex 40,918 22. Hickory 40,216 23. Indian Trail 35,795 24. Goldsboro 35,489 25. Mooresville 35,156 CITY POPULATION 26. Salisbury 33,726 27. Monroe 33,708 28. Wake Forest 32,360 29. New Bern 29,889 30. Matthews 29,464 31. Sanford 28,862 32. Cornelius 27,655 33. Holly Springs 27,637 34. Garner 27,035 35. Thomasville 26,897 36. Asheboro 25,676 37. Statesville 24,981 38. Mint Hill 24,790 39. Kernersville 24,025 40. Lumberton 21,607 41. Kinston 21,368 42. Havelock 20,821 43. Morrisville 20,753 44. Carrboro 20,510 45. Shelby 20,179 46. Fuquay-Varina 19,802 47. Clemmons 19,158 48. Lexington 18,655 49. Boone 18,277 50. Elizabeth City 18,054

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