Economist Mike Walden: North Carolina’s Population Growth

Our state’s population has been growing, but unevenly.  Some areas of the state are rapidly adding people, while others are actually losing people.  Give us a summary of these changes.

  1. NC now has 10.3 million people, up over 700,000 since the 2010 census
  2. But population change has been uneven
  3. 23 counties – mainly in Asheville, Charlotte, Triangle, and Wilmington areas, saw their population grow by between 6.5 and 19%
  4. Another 42 counties added folks, but slower, at under 6.5%
  5. But 35 counties have lost population since 2010 – mainly in some foothill counties, counties along the borders with Virginia and SC, and in the Northeast
  6. For next decade these geographic trends are expected to continue as state adds 1.1 million new residents

The Economic Perspective is an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics