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Raleigh among top 25 fastest growing metros in nation

Posted March 23

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— Raleigh is among the fastest growing metro areas in the country, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Raleigh metro area added more than 31,500 people from July 2015 to July 2016, making it the 14th fastest growing area. The new count gives the City of Oaks' metro area a population of 1.3 million, marking a 2.5 percent change from the previous year.

Raleigh's 31,500 additions also put it on the list of top 25 metros with the largest total gain. The capital city was one of four metros that was put on both top-25 lists.

Myrtle Beach, whose metro area straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, according to the Census, was the only other area that represented North Carolina residents. The coastal area is the second-fastest-growing area in the country behind only The Villages, a metro in central Florida.

Much of Raleigh's population increase is due to people moving to the area. The Census data showed more than 22,600 people moved in during the year, while almost 15,900 new residents were born.

Top 10 fastest-growing metro areas based on percent change:

1 The Villages, Florida (+4.3)

2 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC (+3.9)

3 Bend-Redmond, Oregon (+3.6)

4 Greeley, Colorado (+3.5)

5 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida (+3.1)

6 St. George, Utah (+3.1)

7 Provo-Orem, Utah (+3.1)

8 Punta Gorda, Florida (+3.0)

9 Austin-Round Rock, Texas (+2.9)

10 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (+2.7)


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  • Frank Curcio Mar 23, 12:57 p.m.
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    Or maybe it's that most people realize that HB2 is mostly a distraction, red meat for both sides, while the reality is that in most cases transgenders will quietly continue use the restroom they prefer, with nobody the wiser.

  • Michael Bawden Mar 23, 11:20 a.m.
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    But liberals assured us HB2 was the end of growth in NC. Liberals tried to make it so thru sporting event cancellations. So I guess Dan Forest was right. Maybe business are coming BECAUSE of HB2 instead of "despite of".

  • Kelly Paris Mar 23, 9:35 a.m.
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    I think Raleigh is growing a little too quickly. It saddens me to see so much of our wooded areas being torn down to make way for more buildings. It looks less and less attractive. Too much, too quickly.

  • Linda Levine Mar 23, 9:29 a.m.
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    Mass transportation needs to be a priority. We need to charge impact fees on new housing to help pay for these new residents.

  • Catherine Edwards Mar 23, 9:00 a.m.
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    The roads are certainly showing the increase.
    Where's our light rail? We got to do something to keep our roads from choking like Atlanta and DC.

  • Marco Hilhorst Mar 23, 8:56 a.m.
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    1. HB2 was passed March 2016. This is data from July 2015 to July 2016. So limited time with the ridiculous law.
    2. My argument had the time period been matched up would be: We grew DESPITE HB2. I can only imagine how much MORE we could have grown had it NOT been in place.

  • Travis Perry Mar 23, 8:44 a.m.
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    I thought no one was coming here because of HB2.