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Raleigh area leads nation in growth

Posted March 14, 2013
Updated March 19, 2013

— If you moved to the Raleigh area over the past decade, you're not alone. A Forbes analysis of census data shows the metropolitan area is the fastest growing in the country over the past year. In 2012, the estimated population was almost 1.2 million people, an increase of more than 47 percent since 2000. 

An interactive mapping tool published by the Census Bureau shows which parts of the country are seeing their population boom and which are going bust from aging populations and weakening local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

Despite increasing deaths, the U.S. population as a whole continues to grow, boosted by immigration and relatively higher births among the mostly younger migrants from Mexico, Latin America and Asia.

The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year.

The map shows movers from just about every other county in North Carolina have relocated to Wake County over the past five years. A significant influx also comes from the corridor that stretches from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Mass., from Florida and from the far Southwest.

Montgomery County, Md., just outside of D.C., and Queens County, New York, sent the most people to Wake County.


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  • jjsmith1973 Mar 21, 2013

    @conservativevoter, you seem to fight what is real and your fantasy world. The only people that are destroying the area are the people that are afraid of growth and changing for it. It isn't the 50's wake up.

    @Crumpbrothers nice choo choo comment. To bad it isn't a choo choo and to bad your belief that mass transit is designed to make a profit or isn't needed is incorrect. Mass transit makes profit in other ways. Sorry it is complex and you are bemused by it. I bet you think that roads aren't subsidized. Your answer for congestion and growth is bigger roads. Just tear down those buildings in down town for road expansion. That is practical. Oh and the saying that you pay taxes for your car for the roads so why pay for mass trans. Well, how about all the taxes that go to support the roads for those that don't drive. Should my taxes support your privilege? No, but I do because it brings business and money to the area.

    Funny how so many enjoy the cash of growth and then curse it

  • ConservativeVoter Mar 20, 2013

    People are moving here because it use to be a good place to live destroying the very reason they moved here in the first place.

  • ConservativeVoter Mar 20, 2013

    "Translate: ILLEGALS giving birth to American Citizens. This just isn't right. If you come here illegally, your spawn should not be considered legal. Native NC gal

    technically they are not, but its open to interpertation and on the other hand its something no politician has the political will to enforce
    Crumps Br0ther"

    14th amendment gives citizenship to the offspring of illegal immigrants who are criminals who are in this country illegally.

  • Kane Mar 20, 2013

    I wish these builders in Raleigh would stop building all of these new houses and subdivisions here. Everywhere I go in Raleigh there is a new subdivision made with cheaper materials. Looks like Raleigh needs more schools than a bunch of houses on every piece of land they can find.

  • bgreen Mar 20, 2013

    ....OH, GREAT...

  • kikinc Mar 20, 2013

    "Want to see what Raleigh will look like in 20 years, go look at Charlotte. Want to see what Charlotte will look like in 20 years, go look at Atlanta."

    I'd take NYC over Atlanta any day.

  • 007KnightRider Mar 20, 2013

    I don’t know why anyone would want to live in Raleigh. Homes are expensive, property taxes are high. Homes are in close proximity to one another and built on top of each other. There’s lack of space. Everyone is moving into one small area. Let’s not even mention that traffic is a nightmare and will only get worse as people think Raleigh (Wake Co.) is a nice place to locate.

  • btneast Mar 20, 2013

    Next thing you know this area will be like a cruddy big city like NY

    Want to see what Raleigh will look like in 20 years, go look at Charlotte. Want to see what Charlotte will look like in 20 years, go look at Atlanta.

  • hiddentreasurescruecds Mar 20, 2013


    Oh my, are you serious?

  • zenonx6 Mar 20, 2013

    I do not like high property taxes and over crowding. STAY IN YOUR OWN STATE AND FIX IT.