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Population Changes in Western North Carolina

Population Changes in Western North Carolina April 1, 2010 - July 1, 2012 With an increase of more than 6,100 people in two years, Buncombe County posted the highest population growth in the 18-county region. This increase is largely a result of relocation. In contrast, Graham County experienced the most significant population decline in the region, at a decrease of 1.8 percent. Overall, Western North Carolina is trending a slight increase in total population, at nearly 1 percent, while North Carolina's entire population growth was nearly 2.3 percent. Increase or Decrease by County As a Percentage of County Population Boone |1.6% - 2% Decrease |1.1% - 1.5% Decrease 0.6% - 1% Decrease *Asheville |0.1% - 0.5% Decrease No Change 0.1% - 0.5% Increase |1.1% - 1.6% Increase |2.5%+ Increase Components of Population Change Total Population Change Natural Increase/Decrease* Relocation Buncombe County Watauga County Henderson County Swain County Jackson County Clay County McDowell County Madison County Macon County Haywood County Rutherford County Transylvania County Avery County Yancey County Polk County Mitchell County Cherokee County Graham County -2 -1.5-1 -0.5 0 0.5 0 1.5 2 2.5 3 -2 -1.5 -1 -0.5 0.5 -1.5 -1 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 Percent * (-) deaths exceed births (+) births exceed deaths Relocation to WNC Relocation from WNC Where have new WNC residents moved from? Where have former WNC residents moved? Eastern NC Eastern NC Florida Florida Georgia South Carolina South Carolina Tennessee International Georgia Tennessee Virginia California Техas Техas New York 3,000 6,000 9,000 12,000 15,000 3,000 6,000 9,000 12,000 CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Designer: Steph Guinan Data Source: Census Bureau Image Source: WikiCommons Population Changes in Western North Carolina April 1, 2010 - July 1, 2012 With an increase of more than 6,100 people in two years, Buncombe County posted the highest population growth in the 18-county region. This increase is largely a result of relocation. In contrast, Graham County experienced the most significant population decline in the region, at a decrease of 1.8 percent. Overall, Western North Carolina is trending a slight increase in total population, at nearly 1 percent, while North Carolina's entire population growth was nearly 2.3 percent. Increase or Decrease by County As a Percentage of County Population Boone |1.6% - 2% Decrease |1.1% - 1.5% Decrease 0.6% - 1% Decrease *Asheville |0.1% - 0.5% Decrease No Change 0.1% - 0.5% Increase |1.1% - 1.6% Increase |2.5%+ Increase Components of Population Change Total Population Change Natural Increase/Decrease* Relocation Buncombe County Watauga County Henderson County Swain County Jackson County Clay County McDowell County Madison County Macon County Haywood County Rutherford County Transylvania County Avery County Yancey County Polk County Mitchell County Cherokee County Graham County -2 -1.5-1 -0.5 0 0.5 0 1.5 2 2.5 3 -2 -1.5 -1 -0.5 0.5 -1.5 -1 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 Percent * (-) deaths exceed births (+) births exceed deaths Relocation to WNC Relocation from WNC Where have new WNC residents moved from? Where have former WNC residents moved? Eastern NC Eastern NC Florida Florida Georgia South Carolina South Carolina Tennessee International Georgia Tennessee Virginia California Техas Техas New York 3,000 6,000 9,000 12,000 15,000 3,000 6,000 9,000 12,000 CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Designer: Steph Guinan Data Source: Census Bureau Image Source: WikiCommons

Population Changes in Western North Carolina

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With an increase of more than 6,100 people in two years, Buncombe County posted the highest population growth in the 18-county Western North Carolina region.

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