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North Carolinians now have a lot of neighbors, 10 million in fact, according to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed what everyone already suspected: North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents. We've been adding an average of 281 people each day. That's one of the fastest growth rates in the United States.
If you're thinking North Carolina is getting a bit more crowded, then you're right. State ranks ninth in population and is adding almost 300 new residents daily.
Is North Carolina staging a "Carolina Comeback" or plunging into a dark abyss? What is the state of our state? Politico Magazine recently published an article, "The States of our Union....Are Not All Strong," that attempts to answer that question.
Dean Baker is an economist who co-directs a left-wing group in Washington called the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Liberal groups in North Carolina and elsewhere often cite Baker as an authority on the effects of public policy on economic growth.
During most of its history, North Carolina was a state of widely dispersed residents. There were no truly big cities, many small towns, and fewer sparsely populated counties than, say, Virginia or Georgia had. Particularly along the state's rivers and streams, you'd find a thriving mill town or...
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