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June 21, 2010

Voting with their feet

One indicator of the attractiveness of a region is whether people are willing to move there. When this standard is used, how did North Carolina stack up in the last decade?

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"What we are looking at is the years 2000 to 2009, and the answer is we looked very well. Now this study that I am referring to looked at metropolitan regions, and what it found is that the Triangle and Charlotte were among the top 15 metropolitan regions in the country in terms of population growth. That is to say, they had a much higher rate of population growth than other metro areas.

"Also, and this is very interesting, 80 percent of the population growth for the Triangle and Charlotte came from households moving internally in the country. That is, they moved from one state -- one other metropolitan area -- to either the Triangle or to Charlotte. And this 80 percent figure was much higher than for most other metro areas.

"So I think this is a really good indication of the attractiveness of these two big metro areas in North Carolina, because if you say it is really people deciding to pick up and move, indeed they are voting with their feet."

Posted by deeshore at June 21, 2010 09:53 AM