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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.
 
They have just posted their new issue of NC DataNet on their website. Check it out here. And check out how you can help them keep doing their great work.
 
Highlights:
·       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.”
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Choo
# Choo
Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:11 PM
I wonder how many new unaffiliated voters are Republicans who no longer agree with the leftward shift of the establishment party. Also wonder how many register independent and don't support either party. I think what happened in Mississippi may have changed a lot of landscape. I know I will never again give to The Republican Party.
dap916
# dap916
Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:42 PM
This is nothing but good news for the NCGOP. I know a number of unaffiliated voters and to the person, they are fiscally conservative and the majority are moderate on most social issues. With democratic candidates at every level (local, county and state) becoming more and more liberal/progressive, the GOP should continue to gain seats throughout the political spectrum in our state.

Thanks for telling us about this, Gary. Good news is always welcome.

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