North Carolina’s rural population rebounds after years of decline

The population of rural North Carolina is starting to see some spark after decades of decline.

From 2010 to 2020, the state had 50 counties lose population, and all were rural. But from 2020-21, the rural population actually grew, and 24 of those 50 counties saw growth.

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“People’s perception of rural America is there has been the half-century trend toward urbanization. And it has continued, but it has slowed down,” said Patrick Woodie, president and CEO of the North Carolina Rural Center.

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