Friday, March 23, 2007
Census estimates show that people continue to leave rural eastern
even as the population in the state's urban areas grows. According to the estimates, 15 rural counties, 10 of which are in eastern North Carolina , lost population between July 2005 and July 2006. Over that same time period, the rest of the state added nearly 185,000 people to increase the state's population to nearly 8.9 million.