Wake one of fastest growing N.C. counties

March 20, 2008 11:06:53 PM PDT
There's a new gauge on how fast Wake County is growing.

New census data shows nearly 39,000 people moved to the area between 2006 and 2007. Only six other counties in the entire nation added more people during that time, ranking Wake as the 7th fastest growing county.

The latest census estimates show more than 38,000 people moved to Wake County within a one year period. And analysts believe the trend will continue.

Census data released Thursday shows Wake County had the seventh biggest increase in population last year, out of the entire country.

City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says it is clear why the county gained more people.

"The Triangle has a great quality of life, and the jobs are coming here and people are following," Silver said.

But he says accommodating all of them is a challenge. And there are three big points local officials are always focused on. Maintaining adequate housing options, a high quality of life and improving transit.

Although, residents like Susan Eick, have bigger worries.

"I think the water issue in Raleigh is a big problem and they may have to think about a moratorium on building," Eick said.

"We're now looking to permit another reservoir east of the city, so we'll be adding more capacity in the next five to10 years," Silver assures.

For a complete breakdown of the Wake County data and other N.C. counties, click here.


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