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D.G.'s mini-N.C. Almanac - updated

By D. G. Martin
Posted Monday, November 14, 2005

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Early November for me is always “almanac” time. “The World Almanac and Book of Facts” comes out right after Election Day each year, as do its competitors. In fact, this year, I am testing “The New York Time Almanac,” which claims to be “The Almanac of Record,” trying to build on the Time’s longstanding reputation at the nation’s newspaper of record. Later, I will be checking “The World Almanac” again, and will let you know which one is better at covering matters of concern to North Carolinians.

Browsing through these updated books always teaches me so many things I had missed before. They settle arguments and often give me an extra fact or two to use in these columns.

Enjoying these national books of facts always prompts me to renew my efforts to nudge somebody to put together an annual “North Carolina Almanac and Book of Facts.”

I wish I could have a handy, organized, current book of information about our state.

Several years ago, with the resources of the Internet, I collected and compiled some basic facts about our state and put them in a column as a “mini-almanac.” Some of those figures are already out of date. Here is an updated version

D.G.’s mini-N.C. Almanac

Populations (with 2004 estimates followed by 2000 census):

State population: 8,541,221 - 8,049,313, a density of 172.4--165.2 per square mile.

30 Largest Cities and Towns showed in order (2004 rank followed by 2000 rank). (Population figures: 2004 figures, followed by 2000 figures)

1,1-Charlotte (594,359 - 544,848)

2,2-Raleigh (326,653 - 278,402)

3,3-Greensboro (231,543 - 224,953)

4,4-Durham (201,726 - 188,057)

5,5-Winston-Salem (191,523 - 186,403)

6,6-Fayetteville (125,241 - 121,306)

7,7-Cary (101,265 - 95,386)

8,9-Wilmington (93,292 - 76,307)

9,8-High Point (92,857 - 86,270)

10,12-Jacksonville (72,335 - 65,173)

11,10-Asheville (70,400 - 69,161)

12,13-Greenville (68,687 - 60,939)

14,11-Gastonia (68,292 - 67,423)

14,14-Concord (59,960 - 56,362)

15,15-Rocky Mount (56,351 - 56,014)

16,16-Chapel Hill (49,368 - 49,033)

17,17-Burlington (46,645 - 45,158)

18,18-Wilson (46,507 - 44,551)

19,20-Hickory (40,112 - 37,386)

20,19-Goldsboro (38,774 - 39,102)

21,21-Kannapolis (38,547 - 37,135)

22,24-Huntersville (34,332 - 25,870)

23,23-Monroe (28,422 - 26,456)

24-*Apex (27,509 - 20,212)

25,22-Salisbury (26,519 - 26,559)

26-*Thomasville (25,752 - 19,788)

27,26-Statesville (24,489 - 23,467)

28,30-Matthews (23,897 - 22,323)

29,27-Sanford (23,469 - 23,330)

30,28-New Bern (23,368 - 23,182)

*New to top 30 list: The cities replaced, with their 2000 rank, are:

25-Kinston (22,917 - 23,709)

29-Havelock (22,369 - 22,487)

The 10 smallest towns, population-wise, their counties, and their current (2004) estimated population:

Love Valley (Iredell) - 50

Spencer Mountain (Gaston) - 50

Bear Grass (Martin) - 65

Speed (Edgecombe) - 65

Tar Heel (Bladen) - 67

Leggett (Edgecombe) - 69

Santeetlah (Graham) - 69

Hassell (Martin) - 71

Como (Hertford) - 74

Norman (Richmond) - 75

Geography

Total Area: 53,821 square miles. Land area: 48,718 square miles. Water area: 5,103 square miles. Coastline length: 301 miles. Shoreline length: 3,375 miles.

North Carolina Firms in Fortune 500 (Rank 2004)

Bank of America Corporation (24), Lowe's Companies Incorporated (50), Wachovia Corporation (73), Duke Energy (75), Progress Energy Incorporated (224), Sonic Automotive (264), Nucor (297), BB&T Corporation (298), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Incorporated (341), VF Corporation (343), SPX Corporation (344), Family Dollar Stores Incorporated (365), Goodrich Corporation (394), Jefferson-Pilot Corporation (460).

North Carolina Firms in Fortune 500 (Rank 2000)

Bank of America Corp (11), First Union Corp (67), Duke Energy (69), Lowe's (109), RJ Reynolds Tobacco (155), Wachovia Corp (277), VF (297), B.F. Goodrich (300), Nucor (397), BB&T Corp (417), Carolina Power & Light (459), Sonic Automotive (460).

Employers (Ranked by Number of Employees in North Carolina, 2003 )

Wal-Mart Associates Inc (1), Food Lion LLC (2), Duke University (3), Wachovia Bank (4), International Business Machines (5), Lowes Home Centers Inc (6), Harris Teeter Inc (7), Branch Banking & Trust Co (8), Sara Lee Corp (9), U S Air Inc (10), United Parcel Service Inc (11), Bank Of America NA (12), North Carolina Baptist Hospitals (13), Belk Inc (14), Duke Energy Corporation (15), Lowes Food Stores Inc (16), Glaxosmithkline (17), Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital (18), R J Reynolds Tobacco Co (19), Smithfield Packing Co Inc (20), Sears Roebuck and Co Inc (21), Broyhill Furniture Industries Inc (22), Kmart Of North Carolina LLC (23), Memorial Mission Hospital Inc (24), Home Depot USA Inc (25).

The above list of employers does not include government units. People wonder about the role of government in providing employment. Here are figures from the first quarter of this year showing (by government sector and private industry) total employees and the average employee weekly wage.

Federal Government: 61,188 $984.00

State Government: 169,920 $685.00

Local Government: 423,406 $627.00

All Private Industry: 3,136,921 $688.00

Total-Industry/Govt.: 3,791,435 $686.00


Agriculture

Number of farms in 2002: 54,000 (losing about 500 a year). Land in farms: 9,070,000 acres. Average size farm: 168 acres.


Major North Carolina Farm Commodities by Rank

(2002 cash receipts in millions of dollars)

1. Hogs ($ 1407), 2. Broilers ($ 1367), 3. Greenhouse/Nursery ($ 841), 4. Tobacco ($ 657), 5. Turkeys ($ 429), 6. Chicken Eggs ($ 229), 7. Cattle & Calves ($ 216), 8. Cotton ($ 207), 9. Soybeans ($ 174), 10. Corn ($ 155), 11. Dairy Products ($ 155), 12. Christmas Trees& Greenery ($ 99), 13. Sweet potatoes ($ 64), 14. Wheat ($ 61), 15. Peanuts ($ 44), 16. Cucumbers ($ 36), 17. Irish Potatoes ($ 32), 18. Tomatoes ($ 24), 19. Blueberries ($ 23), 20. Apples ($ 22), 21. Bell Peppers ($ 20), 22. Strawberries ($ 19), 23. Cabbage ($ 18), 24. Hay ($ 16), 25. Snap Beans ($ 12).

Miscellaneous

Our state motto: Esse quam videri (To be, rather than to seem).

Our state symbols: Beverage--Milk. Bird--Cardinal. Boat--Shad Boat. Colors--Red and Blue. Dog--Plott Hound. Fish--Channel Bass. Flower--Dogwood. Insect--Honey Bee. Mammal--Gray Squirrel. Reptile--Eastern Box Turtle. Rock--Granite. Shell--Scotch Bonnet. Stone--Emerald. Soil--Cecil. Tree--Pine. Vegetable--Sweet Potato.

Recent additions, thanks to the hard work of our General Assembly: Berry, Red--Strawberry, Berry, Blue--Blueberry, Carnivorous plant--Venus Flytrap, Christmas Tree--Fraser Fir, Dance-Folk--Clogging, Dance, popular-- the Shag, Fruit-- Scuppernong grape, Freshwater Trout-- Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, Wildflower-- Carolina Lily.

I wish there were room for more, and I am still hoping this “mini-almanac” will inspire someone to give us a comprehensive state almanac sometime soon.

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D.G. Martin is the host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, which airs on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. This week’s (November 20) guest is Shannon Ravenel, editor of “New Stories From the South-2005.”

Upcoming NC Bookwatch programs, all at 5pm, Sundays on UNC-TV:
Nov 20 Shannon Ravenel New Stories From the South
Nov 27 Emily Herring Wilson No One Gardens Alone

 
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