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Western North Carolina is growing in leaps and bounds

No, you aren't imagining more traffic on our roads. Western North Carolina has experienced significant population growth over the last five years. According to census reports, this area has become a popular destination for people looking for a more relaxed lifestyle, scenic beauty, and a lower cost of living compared to larger cities in the state.

In 2018, the population of western North Carolina was estimated to be 1,276,000. By the end of 2022, this number had increased by 5.3% to 1,338,000. The most significant growth was observed in the cities of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Boone, which saw increases of 6.1%, 4.7%, and 4.5% respectively. These cities are popular among retirees and young professionals who are drawn to the area's natural beauty and vibrant arts and culture scene.

The growth in the population of western North Carolina is having a positive impact on the local economy. The increased demand for housing has led to a construction boom in the area, with new homes and apartments being built to accommodate the growing number of residents. In addition, the increase in population has led to the opening of new businesses, which has created jobs and boosted the local economy.

The rise in population is also having an impact on the area's infrastructure, with new roads, schools, and hospitals being built to meet the growing demand. The state government is investing heavily in the region, with plans to improve transportation links, such as the construction of new highways and bridges, and the expansion of public transportation systems.

The state government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the region is able to accommodate this growth, by investing in infrastructure and other key areas.

While growth has its pros and cons, data shows citizens in Western North Carolina will be dealing with an increased population for years to come.

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