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.
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