North Carolina’s Largest Metropolitan Areas

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Like many states, the demographics of North Carolina have been shifting this century, and much of the change can be seen in the growing urban populations of the state. Below are North Carolina’s five largest metropolitan statistical areas by population.

1. Charlotte

2.66 Million

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the second-largest banking center in the United States. It is a major hub for finance, healthcare, and technology industries

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2. Raleigh

1.4 Million

Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina and a major center for education, technology, and government. It is home to several prestigious universities and research centers.

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3. Greensboro

.78 Million

Greensboro is a city in central North Carolina and a major center for textiles, transportation, and logistics. It is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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4. Winston-Salem

.68 Million

Winston-Salem is a city in central North Carolina and a major center for arts, culture, and innovation. It is home to several universities and research institutions, as well as a thriving arts and music scene.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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5. Durham

.65 Million

Durham is a city in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and a major center for healthcare, education, and technology. It is home to Duke University and several other research institutions.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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FAQ about the Top 5 Metropolitan Areas in North Carolina

1. What are the top industries in Charlotte?

Charlotte is a major hub for finance, healthcare, and technology industries. The city is home to several large banks and financial institutions, as well as major healthcare providers and technology companies.

2. What makes Raleigh a great place to live?

Raleigh is a great place to live because of its excellent quality of life, affordable cost of living, and strong economy. The city is home to several prestigious universities and research centers, and offers a vibrant cultural and arts scene.

3. What are some popular attractions in Greensboro?

Greensboro is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and is home to several museums, theaters, and music venues. Other popular attractions include the Greensboro Science Center, the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

4. What is Durham known for?

Durham is known for its world-class healthcare and research institutions, including Duke University and Duke Health. The city is also a hub for technology and startup companies, and offers a thriving arts and cultural scene.

5. What are some must-see attractions in Asheville?

Asheville is known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and rafting. Other popular attractions include the Biltmore Estate, the Asheville Art Museum, and the River Arts District.

Charlottesville

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Harrisonburg

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Staunton

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Winchester

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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