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The population of the Raleigh is the second-largest metro area and its capital, grew 7.43% between 2010 and 2013. Although Raleigh had one of the largest natural population increases in the nation, migration still explains a greater share of the region’s overall population growth. It accounted for a net increase of 16,692 between 2012 and 2013.

Raleigh’s strong economy, has weathered the recession well. A strong high-tech sector, as well as the presence of large research institutions, have contributed to job growth in the area. Raleigh ranked seventh nationwide for the relative number of high-tech industries in the area that’s according to a recent report from the Milken Institute, a non-partisan economic think tank.