D.G. Martin: Mini-almanac offers insight into our state

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

When the 2013 edition of one my very favorite books, “The World Almanac and Book of Facts,” arrived on the bookshelves the other day, it reminded me that it has been several years since I updated my mini-state almanac. With the hope that someone will take up the challenge of giving us a printed and complete “North Carolina Almanac and Book of Facts,” here are a few items such book might contain.

The 2010 census reported the state’s population to be 9,535,483, up from 8,049,313 in 2000, 6,628,637 in 1990, and 5,881,766 in 1980. Still growing, the estimate for 2011 was 9,656,401.

 

25 Largest Cities and Towns shown in order

(2010 rank followed by 2000 rank in parenthesis)

 

Charlotte (1, 1), 540,828, 731,424, 751,087; Raleigh (2, 2), 276,093, 403,892, 416,468; Greensboro (3, 3), 223,891, 269,666, 273,425; Durham (4, 4), 187,035, 228,330, 233,252; Winston-Salem (5, 5), 185,776, 229,617, 232,385; Fayetteville (6, 6), 121,015, 200,564, 203,945; Cary (7, 7), 94,536, 135,234, 139,633; Wilmington (8, 9), 75,838, 106,476, 108,297; High Point (9, 8), 85,839, 104,371, 105,753; Greenville (10, 13), 60,476, 84,554, 86,017; Asheville (11, 10), 68,889, 83,393, 84,458; Concord (12, 14), 55,977, 79,066, 80,597; Gastonia (13, 12), 66,277, 71,741, 72,068; Jacksonville (14, 11), 66,715, 70,145, 70,801; Chapel Hill (15, 16), 48,715, 57,233, 58,011; Rocky Mount (16, 15), 55,893, 57,477, 57,433; Burlington (17, 17), 44,917, 49,963, 50,925; Wilson (18, 18), 44,405, 49,167, 49,297; Huntersville (19, 24), 24,960, 46,773, 48,048; Kannapolis (20, 21), 36,910, 42,625, 43,242; Hickory (21, 20), 37,222, 40,010, 39,965; Apex (22, 33), 20,212, 37,476, 38,702; Goldsboro (23, 19), 39,043, 36,437, 36,743; Indian Trail (24,*), 11,905, 33,518, 34,223; Salisbury (25, 22), 26,559, 33,662, 33,586.

 

Geography

Total Area: 53,821 square miles. Land area: 48,617 square miles.  Water area: 5,103 square miles. Coastline length: 301 miles.  Shoreline length: 3,375 miles.

 

North Carolina Firms in Fortune 500 (Rank 2012)

Bank of America (13), Lowe's (54), Nucor (138), Duke Energy (186), BB&T Corporation (267), VF Corp. (277), Progress Energy (286), Family Dollar Stores (301), Reynolds American (302), Goodrich (319), Sonic Automotive (330), Pantry (347), Laboratory Corp. of America (443), SPX Corporation (446)

(Note that Progress Energy, on this year’s list, and Wachovia, on prior year’s lists, are North Carolina’s losses.)

 

Major Private Employers

(Ranked by Number of Employees in North Carolina, 2011)

Wal-Mart (1), Duke University (2), Food Lion (3), Wells Fargo Bank (4), Lowes Home Centers (5), Bank Of America (6), Eagle Medical Center (7), Harris Teeter (8), International Business Machines (9), Smithfield Foods, Inc. (10), Branch Banking & Trust (11), United Parcel Service Inc. (12), Target Stores (13), North Carolina Baptist Hospitals (14), USAir (15), WakeMed Health&Hospitials (16), AT&T Services (17), Ingles Markets (18), Lowes Food Stores (19), and Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital (20).

 

Top 30 Museums and Historic Attractions in North Carolina in 2010

(According to Carolina Publishing Associates which publishes the annual Carolina Heritage Guide)

 

Biltmore, Asheville, 1,069,359

Fort Macon Historic Site, Atlantic Beach, 799,322

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, 755,531

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, 708,398

Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, 618,373

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, 570,793

Discovery Place, Charlotte, 530,423

Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devils Hills, 478,391

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, 433,018

NC Aquarium- Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, 429,883

NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores, 387,039

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, 371,000

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, 324,200

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 320,388

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, 305,711

Natural Science Center, Greensboro, 290,928

NC Aquarium- Roanoke Island, Manteo, 288,000

Grandfather Mountain, Linville, 255,000

Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock, 219,221

Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, 209,039

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, 202,400

North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, 185,551

Cherokee Cultural District, Cherokee, 183,353

Catawba Science Center, Hickory, 177,067

Linville Caverns, Marion, 170,543

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, 140,826

Greensboro Children's Museum, Greensboro, 132,805

Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, New Bern, 121,053

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, 106,300

Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, 103,886

 

This weekend, the “North Carolina Bookwatch” schedule changes and the program will air on Sunday, Jan. 6, at noon, and Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. The first guest in the new time slot will be Durham writer and historian David Cecelski, author of “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War.”

er day, it reminded me that it has been several years since I updated my mini-state almanac. With the hope that someone will take up the challenge of giving us a printed and complete “North Carolina Almanac and Book of Facts,” here are a few items such book might contain.

The 2010 census reported the state’s population to be 9,535,483, up from 8,049,313 in 2000, 6,628,637 in 1990, and 5,881,766 in 1980. Still growing, the estimate for 2011 was 9,656,401.

 

25 Largest Cities and Towns shown in order

(2010 rank followed by 2000 rank in parenthesis)

 

Charlotte (1, 1), 540,828, 731,424, 751,087; Raleigh (2, 2), 276,093, 403,892, 416,468; Greensboro (3, 3), 223,891, 269,666, 273,425; Durham (4, 4), 187,035, 228,330, 233,252; Winston-Salem (5, 5), 185,776, 229,617, 232,385; Fayetteville (6, 6), 121,015, 200,564, 203,945; Cary (7, 7), 94,536, 135,234, 139,633; Wilmington (8, 9), 75,838, 106,476, 108,297; High Point (9, 8), 85,839, 104,371, 105,753; Greenville (10, 13), 60,476, 84,554, 86,017; Asheville (11, 10), 68,889, 83,393, 84,458; Concord (12, 14), 55,977, 79,066, 80,597; Gastonia (13, 12), 66,277, 71,741, 72,068; Jacksonville (14, 11), 66,715, 70,145, 70,801; Chapel Hill (15, 16), 48,715, 57,233, 58,011; Rocky Mount (16, 15), 55,893, 57,477, 57,433; Burlington (17, 17), 44,917, 49,963, 50,925; Wilson (18, 18), 44,405, 49,167, 49,297; Huntersville (19, 24), 24,960, 46,773, 48,048; Kannapolis (20, 21), 36,910, 42,625, 43,242; Hickory (21, 20), 37,222, 40,010, 39,965; Apex (22, 33), 20,212, 37,476, 38,702; Goldsboro (23, 19), 39,043, 36,437, 36,743; Indian Trail (24,*), 11,905, 33,518, 34,223; Salisbury (25, 22), 26,559, 33,662, 33,586.

 

Geography

Total Area: 53,821 square miles. Land area: 48,617 square miles.  Water area: 5,103 square miles. Coastline length: 301 miles.  Shoreline length: 3,375 miles.

 

North Carolina Firms in Fortune 500 (Rank 2012)

Bank of America (13), Lowe's (54), Nucor (138), Duke Energy (186), BB&T Corporation (267), VF Corp. (277), Progress Energy (286), Family Dollar Stores (301), Reynolds American (302), Goodrich (319), Sonic Automotive (330), Pantry (347), Laboratory Corp. of America (443), SPX Corporation (446)

(Note that Progress Energy, on this year’s list, and Wachovia, on prior year’s lists, are North Carolina’s losses.)

 

Major Private Employers

(Ranked by Number of Employees in North Carolina, 2011)

Wal-Mart (1), Duke University (2), Food Lion (3), Wells Fargo Bank (4), Lowes Home Centers (5), Bank Of America (6), Eagle Medical Center (7), Harris Teeter (8), International Business Machines (9), Smithfield Foods, Inc. (10), Branch Banking & Trust (11), United Parcel Service Inc. (12), Target Stores (13), North Carolina Baptist Hospitals (14), USAir (15), WakeMed Health&Hospitials (16), AT&T Services (17), Ingles Markets (18), Lowes Food Stores (19), and Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital (20).

 

Top 30 Museums and Historic Attractions in North Carolina in 2010

(According to Carolina Publishing Associates which publishes the annual Carolina Heritage Guide)

 

Biltmore, Asheville, 1,069,359

Fort Macon Historic Site, Atlantic Beach, 799,322

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, 755,531

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, 708,398

Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, 618,373

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, 570,793

Discovery Place, Charlotte, 530,423

Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devils Hills, 478,391

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, 433,018

NC Aquarium- Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, 429,883

NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores, 387,039

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, 371,000

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, 324,200

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 320,388

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, 305,711

Natural Science Center, Greensboro, 290,928

NC Aquarium- Roanoke Island, Manteo, 288,000

Grandfather Mountain, Linville, 255,000

Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock, 219,221

Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, 209,039

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, 202,400

North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, 185,551

Cherokee Cultural District, Cherokee, 183,353

Catawba Science Center, Hickory, 177,067

Linville Caverns, Marion, 170,543

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, 140,826

Greensboro Children's Museum, Greensboro, 132,805

Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, New Bern, 121,053

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, 106,300

Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, 103,886

 

This weekend, the “North Carolina Bookwatch” schedule changes and the program will air on Sunday, Jan. 6, at noon, and Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. The first guest in the new time slot will be Durham writer and historian David Cecelski, author of “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War.”