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I know we talk a lot on here about the growth of the upstate, how many people we are adding, etc. I was looking at the triangle thread in the NC forum since we often compare our upstate to that area. An article jsut came out on population growth in Raliegh. It is adding 12,000 people per year just in the city. This is about twice what Greenville is adding in the whole county!! That city population is now over 370,000 people. I know we have exhausted the city limit size/number topic so I don't want to get into that. Someone recently posted a figure for Gville city that shows it continues to lose population, now at about 54,000. There are also threads about Cary's tremendous growth, and that by 2030, the triangle could be home to 2.5 - 3M people! I know we like to consider the Raliegh and the triangle as one of our "peers", but I am not sure we can really say that. Kinda puts our growth in perspective.

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The comparison between GSP and RDU is most likely a holdover from decades past. If memory serves, RDU didn't pass GSP in metro population (not including Anderson) till the 1990 census. Before then, it was natural to compare the two, since they were comparable structurally--two cities, one more dominant, etc., and about the same population.

I agree that, given the growth, the comparison between GSP and RDU doesn't really make sense any more. Now the more relevant comparison seems to be with G'boro-HP-WS (if it wasn't always the more relevant one).

I haven't spent much time in Raleigh in a long time, but if it is anything like Charlotte or Orlando, then they are probably also suffering from the downside of rapid growth. Especially Orlando, which in the 1970 census was about the same size Greenville was then, and is now as big or bigger than Charlotte (metro). Greenville's historic growth rates may pale in comparison to some cities, but it is growing a lot and preserving its appeal at the same time. I'm all for that mix.

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Big is a subjective term. Meaning you don't get that big metro feel when you drive though RDU on 40/440 or 540. It is only when you get on the surface streets past the pine trees that you see any urbanity. Many of Raleigh forumers will not contest that statement.

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Big is a subjective term. Meaning you don't get that big metro feel when you drive though RDU on 40/440 or 540. It is only when you get on the surface streets past the pine trees that you see any urbanity. Many of Raleigh forumers will not contest that statement.

I didn't think so when I drove through, other than the insane amount of traffic.

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