It is growing to be many people's homes. Our North Carolina, with its sirens call of mountains, rich farmland, coastal brilliance, beach bum laid back days and Charlotte Uptown nightlife; NC is now the recepient of more new occupants of any state east of the Mississipi.
Sure. We who live here know why. Obviously, we are NOT keeping it a secret. ;-)
From the Atlanta Constitution-Journal
North Carolina has edged ahead of Georgia as the growth leader east of the Mississippi, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“For the past two years, and especially the past year, North Carolina has grown faster,” said Greg Harper, a demographer with the Census Bureau.
“It’s only a couple-year trend, so it’s hard to say whether that trend continues,” he said.
Only three states east of the Mississippi —- North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina —- ranked in the top 10 for growth rate nationally. Western mountain states and Texas accounted for the rest.
This year Georgia slipped to ninth nationally in growth rate, according to the census. The state grew at a rate of 1.7 percent, adding 162,477 people from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008.
Georgia’s total population is estimated at 9.7 million.
“We’re growing, but just not as fast,” said Doug Bachtel, a demographer with the University of Georgia.
In comparison, North Carolina ranked fourth nationally in growth rate and also added slightly more people than Georgia did —- 180,820. North Carolina’s population is estimated at 9.2 million.
Since the 1960s, an important aspect of growth for Georgia and its neighbors has been people moving here from other states, Bachtel said. North Carolina had 98,000 “domestic migrants” from 2007 to 2008, compared with Georgia’s 57,000, said Harper of the Census Bureau.
Georgia's loss is our.....gain? Sure it is.
I moved to North Carolina in 1996. From out west. I had never lived on the east coast or much cared to. Having spent time in the North East working for clients, I found the area interesting, beautiful in its own way, yet the culture and the weather were not favorable to my personal inclinations.
North Carolina. A cool breeze blowing, a wind of change and a new day dawning. I love my new home. I'm willing to share.
As long as those moving in are progressive, of course.
What is YOUR story? Y'all didn't live here all your lives. Even if you did, you stayed for some reason.
Give it up