Census Reports Raleigh, Charlotte Among Top 10 Fastest Growing Regions

The Raleigh and Charlotte regions are among the Top 10 fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country.

U.S. Census Bureau data shows the Raleigh area ranking third
with a 4.7 percent growth rate between 2006 and 2007. The region
includes Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties, and it grew by more
than 47,000 people.

Charlotte ranks ninth with a growth rate of 4.2 percent. The six-county region includes parts of South Carolina and gained more than 66,700 people during the year.

State demographer Bill Tillman told the News & Observer of Raleigh the data isn't surprising. He said both areas have been growing rapidly for years but cautioned that the numbers are a year old and the growth rates are based on a short time period.

The next fastest-growing region in North Carolina was Wilmington, ranked 20th nationally. Asheville ranked 100th.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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