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NC trend: Border patrol

A year closer to a new decade, North Carolina’s migration streak shows no signs of slowing. By 2020, demographers expect the state to grow to 10.6 million residents. Many newcomers are likely to be foreign-born and most will gravitate to large metro areas.

Rural areas, particularly a swath of northeastern North Carolina, shrank as cities made big gains between 2010 and 2015. Wake County grew by 123,000 people and Mecklenburg gained 114,500. Charlotte and Raleigh are among the fastest-growing metros in the country, but Brunswick County is showing even more explosive growth: It’s the state’s fastest-growing county and 53rd in the nation.

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Allison Williams
Allison Williams
Allison Williams is senior editor of Business North Carolina. You can reach her at

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