North Carolina's Growth 5th Fastest in Nation, And a New Focus for My Blogging in a New Year

This report from the Triangle Business Journal:

North Carolina's population increased by more than 142,000 people last year, tying it with Texas and Georgia as the fifth fastest-growing state in the country, according to new statistics released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state's population reached 8,683,242 in 2005, an increase of 1.7 percent between July 2004 and July 2005.

Over the past five years, North Carolina has added 636,751 new residents, a 7.9 percent increase in the total state population from April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2005. That growth ranks seventh nationally behind Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Utah and Idaho.

This just confirms the obvious for us around the Triangle. Now the question becomes: How will the State handle this? Growth has in the past been seen as a local issue, but with the inter-connectivity of our state's economy, I do not think this can continue. North Carolina can either create infrastructure to absorb these newcomers or they can continue the trend of sprawling all over the state. I am planning to keep attention on this issue by posting on developments on this blog, but I fear that North Carolina's attitudes might already preordain the resort to sprawl.