North Carolina's dozen metropolitan areas are growing faster than the country as a whole. That's according to US Census Bureau's county and metro area population estimates from 2012 to 2013.
During that time, the US population grew by .7 percent. Wake County had the second-highest growth – after Mecklenberg – with 2.3 percent.
Rural counties, including Pasquotank and Halifax were among those losing the most residents.
Bob Coats works in the state budget office and the State Data Center. He says people are migrating to urban centers with more robust economies.