North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2016

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54 North Carolina Economic Development Guide The U.S. Census Bureau estimated North Carolina's population at 9,943,964 on July 1, 2014. That makes it the country's ninth most populous state, which is one position higher than the year prior. Its population increased by 4.3% since Census Day, April 1, 2010. Charlotte, with more than 803,000 residents, is the state's largest city. It's in Mecklenburg County, which became the state's fi rst with more than 1 million residents in 2014. Wake County, home to North Carolina's second largest city, Raleigh, and its 432,133 residents, is expected to surpass the mark next. The Census Bureau estimated its 2014 population at almost 999,000. Largest cities Mountains Piedmont Inner Coastal Plain Tidewater Physical regions Around the state Source: N.C. Of ce of State Budget and Management, 2014 1 Charlotte 803,392 2 Raleigh 432,133 3 Greensboro 280,801 4 Durham 244,108 5 Winston-Salem 237,885 6 Fayetteville 208,373 7 Cary 148,103 8 Wilmington 113,910 9 High Point 108,552 10 Asheville 89,248 11 Greenville 87,436 12 Concord 85,426 13 Jacksonville 76,576 14 Gastonia 73,186 15 Chapel Hill 59,753 16 Rocky Mount 55,958 17 Huntersville 53,821 18 Burlington 51,919 19 Wilson 49,030 20 Kannapolis 44,427 21 Apex 42,672 22 Hickory 40,330 23 Indian Trail 36,628 24 Mooresville 36,391 25 Goldsboro 35,434 26 Monroe 34,032 27 Salisbury 33,955 28 Wake Forest 33,303 29 New Bern 30,051 30 Matthews 30,010 31 Holly Springs 28,832 32 Sanford 28,725 33 Cornelius 28,540 34 Garner 27,289 35 Thomasville 26,970 36 Asheboro 25,761 37 Mint Hill 25,352 38 Statesville 25,096 39 Kernersville 24,177 40 Morrisville 22,856 41 Fuquay-Varina 21,796 42 Lumberton 21,540 43 Kinston 21,212 44 Havelock 20,592 45 Carrboro 20,534 46 Shelby 20,161 47 Clemmons 19,342 48 Lexington 18,730 49 Boone 18,227 50 Elizabeth City 17,944 City City Population Population The U .S. C ensus Bureau estimated Nort h Caro l ina's popu l ation at 9 ,943,964 on Ju ly 1, 2014. T h at ma k es it t h e countr y 's nint h most popu l ous s tate, w h ic h is one position h i gh er th an t h e year prior. Its popu l ation increase d b y 4.3% since Census Day, Ap ri l 1, 2010. C h ar l otte , wit h more lar g est cit y . It's in Mecklenbur g Count y , which became the state's fi rst w it h more t h an 1 mi ll ion resi d ents in 2014. Wa k e Count y , h ome to Nort h Caro l ina's secon d l ar g est cit y , Ra l eig h , an d its 432,133 resi d ents, is ex p ecte d to sur p ass t h e mar k next. T h e Census Bureau estimate d its 201 4 92 3 3 01 0 8 85 7 3 0 3 10 52 48 36 26 76 86 5 3 58 21 19 30 27 72 30 28 91 34 C i t y ti on Populat i o n 321 421 64 74 70 64 64 64 64 64 74 74 70 70 321 321 74 26 40 77 85 40 40 77 26 Clay Union Cherokee Macon Polk Gaston Transylvania Graham Henderson Cabarrus Mecklenburg Jackson Lincoln Cleveland Rutherford Swain Haywood Buncombe Catawba Rowan McDowell Burke Alexander Iredell Davie Madison Yancey Caldwell Mitchell Avery Yadkin Watauga Wilkes Surry Alleghany Ashe Statesville Lenoir Concor Hickory Gastonia Asheville Winston-S Charlotte Monr Salisbury Mooresville Kannapo Morganton Shelby

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