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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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On the heels of two very successful fall productions that started Carolina Ballet’s 17th season, the company is ready to segue into the annual favorite, The Nutcracker. Thousands have been captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur and mysterious illusions of this holiday classic. Artistic director Robert Weiss combines the beauty of classical ballet […]

11/20/2014 6:45:26 PM

I think there is something magical about Greater Raleigh during the holidays. I moved here 14 Decembers ago. I still remember the holiday lights and residents walking the streets with holiday cheer, and it made me so happy to call Raleigh home. A family tradition for many is Theatre In The Park’s charming musical production […]

11/10/2014 7:40:21 AM

I had about 20 little girls come to my door on Halloween night dressed as Disney’s Frozen ice queen, Elsa. Some even chanted, “Let it go! Let it go!” as they paraded to the next house. And now this month, I’m planning a Frozen birthday party for a soon-to-be five-year-old. What’s next? I’ll be front […]

11/7/2014 3:29:28 PM

The 70th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade is on its way! It’s slated for Sat., Nov. 22–the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the event’s Facebook page: “It’s a tradition here in Raleigh that is 70 years old. The parade started 70 years ago when Fayetteville St. was filled with merchants and was the […]

11/6/2014 8:39:26 PM

Greater Raleigh’s downtown Cary is quite the charmer. The town’s attitude of “revitalize and they will come” has certainly worked. The other day, I popped in one of the town’s coffee shops on Chatham St. for a latte and to chat with Gather’s owner and textile designer, Michelle Smith. Smith handpicked downtown Cary to locate […]

11/5/2014 8:44:40 PM

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10/30/2014 8:06:50 PM

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10/27/2014 7:13:18 AM

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10/24/2014 2:04:49 PM

Greater Raleigh visitors, get hip to this! For your listening and drinking pleasure, Common 414 is now open in downtown Raleigh. This Roaring Twenties-inspired jazz club might just be one of the best new bars in Raleigh. Fellas and flappers, come on over and see this tasty joint for yourself. Every Fri. and Sat. night […]

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