- Raleigh; 306,944
- 53,819 square miles (139,389 square kilometers)
- Per Capita Income:
- U.S. $27,566
- Date Statehood Achieved:
- November 21, 1789
Manufacturing and agriculture are the major industries in North Carolina, which leads the U.S. in the production of bricks, furniture, tobacco, and textiles. With four major universities and world-renowned Research Triangle Park all within miles of one another, North Carolina is rapidly becoming a global leader in high technology. Vast natural areas attract more than 44 million tourists annually, bringing in some $12 billion in revenues yearly.
- Industry: Real estate, health services, chemicals, tobacco products, finance, textiles
- Agriculture: Poultry, hogs, tobacco, nursery stock, turkeys, cotton, soybeans
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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