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Forsyth County sees robust Domestic Migration Population Growth

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For most North Carolina counties, trends from the 1990s continued. But some Piedmont counties in areas stung by job losses experienced a net loss between 2000 and 2004. In Guilford County, 1,800 more people moved to other counties than moved in during the 2000-04 period.

More recent data show the trend in Guilford has reversed, but the county has yet to make up its earlier losses. Forsyth County, on the other hand, saw a net increase of about 900 people because of domestic migration from 2000 to 2004, and another 1,800 people in 2005 alone.

Elsewhere in Northwest North Carolina, counties experienced differing patterns of migration:

? Ashe County had a net increase of about 1,000 people between 2000 and 2005, but Alleghany County netted fewer than 200.

? Wilkes County broke even, matching earlier losses with more recent gains.

? Surry County had a net loss of about 500 people from 2000 to 2005, and Stokes had a net increase of almost 650 residents.

? Davie gained almost 3,500 people from other states and counties, and Davidson County gained about 2,750.

? Yadkin County added about 400 people, but Watauga lost about 700 during the five-year period.

Changes because of migration are only part of the growth picture for any county. For example, Surry County's total population grew by more than 1,300 between 2000 and 2005 because births plus international migration exceeded the losses from domestic migration.


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