You hear that North Carolina is growing and changing. Now you can see just how and how much – and what that may mean for politics – thanks to Ferrel Guillory and his colleagues at the UNC Program on Public Life.
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· 42 percent of North Carolinians were born in another state or country, and 48 percent of those who voted in 2012 were born elsewhere.
· In-migration is the reason we’re growing faster than the rest of the nation, and why we’re becoming more powerful politically.
· In-migrants are almost twice as likely to have a bachelor’s degree, and they tend to move to cities more than rural areas.
Where are they coming from? In order: Florida, Virginia, New York, South Carolina, Georgia. Also, Pennsylvania, Maryland and California.
Where are they moving to? Mecklenburg, Wake, Durham, Buncombe and Cumberland. Also to a mix of major urban centers (Guilford and Forsyth), coastal counties (Onslow and New Hanover), recreational and retirement meccas (Moore and Brunswick), and suburban-style communities near major cities (Cabarrus, Union, Orange and Henderson).
What does it mean for politics? “While the data, as provided by the state Board of Elections, do not show precisely how many in-migrants registered as Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters, they clearly have contributed to a surge in new voters deciding not to affiliate with a major political party. Mecklenburg and Wake, along with four other counties, had gains in unaffiliated voters of 100 percent or higher.”