North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2012

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AROUND THE STATE PHYSICAL REGIONS Alleghany Ashe 77 321 Mountains Piedmont Inner Coastal Plain Tidewater 26 Madison 40 Asheville Haywood 74 Swain 64 Graham 74 Cherokee Macon Clay 64 64 Jackson Transylvania Henderson 26 Polk 74 Buncombe 74 Rutherford Cleveland Shelby Gaston Gastonia Mecklenburg Charlotte Union 85 64 Lincoln 70 McDowell 70 Burke Catawba 321 Yancey Watauga 421 Mitchell Avery 321 Caldwell Lenoir 64 Morganton 40 Alexander Iredell 64 Hickory Statesville 77 70 Salisbury Rowan Mooresville Kannapolis Concord Cabarrus Stanly Mon Davie 40 High Point Thomasville 64 Lexington Davidson 85 Wilkes Winston-Salem Yadkin 52 Forsyth Surry Stokes Monroe 74 Anson CITY 1. Charlotte 2. Raleigh 3. Greensboro 4. Winston-Salem 5. Durham 6. Fayetteville 7. Cary LARGEST CITIES North Carolina had 9,586,227 residents in 2010 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, enough to maintain its status as the 10th-most populous state. The population grew 18.6% from 2000 and 1.7% from July 2009. Charlotte remains the largest Tar Heel city. Between 2009 and 2010, the only movement in the top 10 was Wilmington and High Point switching places, while Indian Trail, in Union County, moved up 19 spots to No. 25. 8. Wilmington 9. High Point 10. Greenville 11. Asheville 12. Concord 13. Gastonia 14. Jacksonville 15. Rocky Mount 16. Chapel Hill 17. Burlington 18. Wilson 19. Huntersville 20. Kannapolis 21. Hickory 22. Apex 23. Goldsboro 24. Salisbury 25. Indian Trail POPULATION 731,424 403,892 269,666 229,617 228,330 200,564 135,234 106,476 104,371 84,554 83,393 79,066 71,741 70,145 57,477 57,233 49,963 49,167 46,773 42,625 40,010 37,476 36,437 33,662 33,518 CITY 26. Monroe 27. Mooresville 28. Wake Forest 29. New Bern 30. Sanford 31. Matthews 32. Thomasville 33. Garner 34. Asheboro 35. Cornelius 36. Holly Springs 37. Statesville 38. Kernersville 39. Mint Hill 40. Kinston 41. Lumberton 42. Havelock 43. Shelby 44. Carrboro 45. Lexington 46. Elizabeth City 47. Clemmons 48. Morrisville 49. Lenoir 50. Fuquay-Varina POPULATION 32,797 32,711 30,117 29,524 28,094 27,198 26,757 25,745 25,012 24,866 24,661 24,532 23,123 22,722 21,677 21,542 20,735 20,323 19,582 18,931 18,683 18,627 18,576 18,228 17,937 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

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