CPC Fellow James Johnson Quoted in Charlotte Observer

Dec 28, 2006

N.C. population surges into nation's top 10

Continuing waves of newcomers from the Northeast and other regions boosted both Carolinas in the ranks of the nation's most populous states in new U.S. Census Bureau data being released today.

North Carolina passed New Jersey to become the nation's 10th most populated state. And South Carolina, which broke into the ranks of the nation's top 10 fastest growers, passed Louisiana to become No. 24.

North Carolina gained more than 184,000 residents, while South Carolina's ranks swelled by more than 74,000 between 2005 and 2006.

"That's a continuation of a more than decade-long trend of the Northeast being a net exporter of population to the South," said Jim Johnson, Kenan professor of management at UNC Chapel Hill. "We have arrived in the global economy."

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