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North Carolina is a state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N).

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 8,049,313, a 21.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Raleigh.
Largest city, Charlotte. 
Motto, Esse Quam Videri [To Be Rather than to Seem].
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, dogwood.
State tree, pine.

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina, in the warm temperate zone, has a generally mild climate, with abundant and well distributed rainfall. The state's congenial climate, its many miles of beaches, and its beautiful mountains attract large numbers of visitors and vacationers each year. Chief among the tourist attractions are the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. Wildlife abounds in national forests (the state has four) and in the Dismal Swamp. Places of historic interest include Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, on Roanoke Island; the Wright Brothers National Memorial, at Kitty Hawk; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, at Flatrock; and Guilford Courthouse and Moores Creek national military parks.

North Carolina leads the nation in the production of tobacco and is a major producer of textiles and furniture. It grows 40% of all U.S. tobacco, but the continuing trend is toward diversification. Broilers, hogs, turkeys, greenhouse products, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans, peanuts, and eggs are important. Plentiful forests supply the thriving furniture and lumber industries. The state has long been a major textile manufacturer, producing cotton, synthetic, and silk goods as well as various kinds of knit items. Other leading manufactures are electrical machinery, computers, and chemicals; the Research Triangle complex near Chapel Hill has spurred high-tech manufacturing, as well as bringing federal jobs into the state. The state also has mineral resources: It leads the nation in the production of feldspar, mica, and lithium materials and produces substantial quantities of olivine, crushed granite, talc, clays, and phosphate rock. There are valuable coastal fisheries, with shrimp, menhaden, and crabs the principal catches. Charlotte developed in the 1980s into a major U.S. banking center, and related businesses have flourished in the area.

 

*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.

 

 

 

 

 


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Spring is here in Greater Raleigh! How can you enjoy the warm spring and summer months? With an ice cold, N.C. craft beer, of course. Greater Raleigh Beer Month is going on and many Raleigh area breweries are brewing excellent beers perfect for a warm day. I encourage you to visit one of the 16 breweries and […]

4/21/2014 8:12:37 PM

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4/21/2014 10:17:20 AM

Who would have thought that you could use a Greater Raleigh craft beer to give yourself a simple facial and it work? The Umstead Spa director Carolyn Doe did and knows it will work! The yeast in beer works to balance the pH of the skin and targets the bacteria that causes breakouts. Doe shared […]

4/16/2014 8:28:11 PM

How are you celebrating Greater Raleigh Beer Month? If you haven’t attended a beer dinner, make reservations for the upcoming Crank Arm Brewing dinner on Thurs., Apr. 17. Executive chef Chris Hylton of ORO Restaurant & Lounge has prepared a delicious menu paired with Crank Arm Brewing’s N.C. beers. The first course for the beer dinner includes a shrimp […]

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4/10/2014 3:03:00 PM

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4/9/2014 5:58:25 PM

Neomonde Cafe & Market (North Raleigh) is starting a new special: Wednesday Wine and Dine. Make sure you make plans to attend the first event! If you’ve ever been interested in trying new wine from Lebanon and beyond, this new special is definitely for you! Beginning Apr. 16, Neomonde Cafe & Market will feature a weekly Wine […]

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