by Michael Lowrey
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
The Asheville metro area is the only one among 15 in North Carolina with a population growing only because more people are moving to the region, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released in late March.
Those figures show that more people are dying than being born in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties — the four that comprise the metro area.
The Asheville metro gained 17,457 people over a four-year period that ended in July 2014, a 4.1 percent increase and a gain that put the area’s population at 442,316.
During that same period, 774 more people died in the metro area than were born.
And yet Asheville is well known for its beer culture, which seems really odd given those demographics.
You can read the rest of the article here.