Cary third fastest growing city in ’08; Raleigh is 8th, Durham 16th

Posted July 1, 2009

Census estimates fast growth in Cary, Raleigh, Durham

— Cary, Raleigh and Durham cracked the top 25 fastest growing cities list in the U.S. in 2008, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Estimates for the year between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008 showed Cary’s population surging 6.9 percent to 129,545.

Only New Orleans (8.2 percent) and Round Rock, Texas (8.2 percent) grew faster.

Raleigh, meanwhile, ranked eighth with an increase of 3.8 percent to 392,552.

Durham came in 16th with 3 percent growth pushing its population to 223,284.

Charlotte, meanwhile, ranked 23rd with a 2.7 percent growth rate to 687,456.

Atlanta came in 13th at 3.4 percent, its population reaching 537,958.

In terms of numerical growth, Cary ranked 23rd with 8,389 additional residents.

Raleigh added 14,368, good for 15th.

Charlotte grew by 18,251, the 11th highest total.

Atlanta added 17,590 people, ranking 13th.


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  • whatusay Jul 2, 2009

    Cary is growing because of forced annexation of their neighbors. I don't consider that growth.

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 1, 2009

    "heh. funny to see all the cary-ites wanting to keep other people out. it's the old 'i've got mine so screw you.' the people living there before you didn't want you there, either."

    I don't know a single, solitary soul in Cary who thinks this way.

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 1, 2009

    We moved here 15 years ago from Ohio. We knew nothing about Cary, but my husband's work was going to be in Cary so we said "show us houses in Cary." Glad we did. We love it here. We pay our taxes, do our share of volunteering, are friendly with the neighbors and obey the laws. Contrary to some opinions, a great many of us relocated "Yankees" are a positive addition to the community.

    That being said, I would be kind of glad to see development slow down always seem to build first and then worry about traffic management later.

  • chfdcpt Jul 1, 2009

    brewmonkey you are correct. Sort of like the old joke, what is the difference between anenvironmentalist and a builder? The environmentalist has a home in the woods, the developer wants to build a home in the woods.

    I grew up in Cary and have been back for the last 4 years and don't have any problems. Of course, if you can't stand it so much, why don't you run for city or county council? If all you are going to do is complain and not try to do anything about it, you are part of the problem.

  • brewmonkey Jul 1, 2009

    heh. funny to see all the cary-ites wanting to keep other people out. it's the old 'i've got mine so screw you.' the people living there before you didn't want you there, either.

    why is atlanta even mentioned in this article? is there a massive atlanta viewership of wral or

  • wrkmnjnc Jul 1, 2009

    I moved to Cary in 1979 when it was a nice place to live. In the 1980's it was named one of the best places in the U.S. to live, and thus began the influx and deterioration. I stayed ONLY because that's where my work was and I couldn't afford to get out. Finally, after 30 long, miserable years in Cary I have been able to escape. I am very, very grateful to be OUT OF THERE!!!! Every opportunity I get, I tell people it is a horrible place to live and to stay away from Wake County NC.

  • concerncitizen Jul 1, 2009

    Should New Orleans even be on the list. It's because of the hurricane wiped out the city. So it appears like it is growing because the people are moving back? LOL We are really 2nd?

  • Jack Flash Jul 1, 2009

    Now, smart growth is another matter altogether, and we're not doing so well there.

  • 12345_here Jul 1, 2009

    doglover11, feel free to move to another place if you don't like where you currently are. A

    Signed, the rest of the sane world.

  • Jack Flash Jul 1, 2009

    This is a good problem to have, as far as problems go. People aren't moving to the Triangle by throwing a dart at a map. They see it as a place where opportunities are available. That means the same opportunities are available for those of us who are already here and who have been here for a long time. If we're afraid of a little competition for those opportunities, we probably aren't worthy of them ourselves.