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July 17, 2007

Some North Carolina rankings

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden reveals how North Carolina and it's economy ranks on five lists. Listen

"Well these are some recent rankings that I found," says Dr. Walden, a professor of agricultural and resource economics. "Some are good, some are bad.

"Let's look at the good ones first. Two North Carolina cities -- Raleigh and Charlotte -- recently made the Top 50 list of best cities for business vitality. That's certainly good," he says. "Another good measure is North Carolina is now ranked 10th among the states in venture capital investment.

"North Carolina is ranked 5th -– this surprised me -– 5th in the country in feature films produced. And North Carolina is now ranked 15th in patents issued.

"So I think those are all very good pieces of news," he says. "One bad piece of news is that North Carolina now ranks 13th among all states in the poverty rate. And then this is a ranking that can go either way depending on how you view it: North Carolina right now ranks 25th in the percentage of income paid in taxes."

Posted by deeshore at July 17, 2007 08:00 AM