Log Into North Carolina is a valuable database for collecting North Carolina statistical data, providing both historical data and future projections. Most people were still living in rural areas and often worked both on land and in a factory to make ends meet. Between 1970 and 1980, the average total value of a residential unit increased 206.3 percent in WNC and 181.3 percent in North Carolina as a whole. With its abundance of forests, North Carolina has long been a leader in the production of wood, furniture wood, Christmas trees, paper pulp and other wood products.
The percentage change in seasonal housing units in WNC from 1990 to 2000 was approximately 28 percent, roughly the same as the percentage change for North Carolina over the same time period. North Carolina's economy has changed dramatically since its establishment as an English colony in the 17th century. The 19th and early 20th centuries saw the tremendous growth of North Carolina's aptly named “Big Three” tobacco, textile and furniture industries. The highest percentage of change in housing units for North Carolina and the WNC specifically was between 1970 and 1980.
After 1900, infrastructure for further economic progress began to appear in the state, as major improvements were made to transportation facilities, educational initiatives, urban and rural electrification, and modernization of agricultural and industrial production. While some planters owned large tracts of land, North Carolinians maintained mainly small farms and grew crops such as tobacco, corn, peas, beans, wheat, rice, and a variety of fruits. Table 3-9 shows healthcare data on hospital discharges and hospital and nursing facility beds for the twenty-three westernmost counties in North Carolina. In addition to direct visitor spending estimates for all 100 counties in North Carolina, this research includes expenses, payroll, employment, state tax receipts, and local tax receipts.
By comparison, Buncombe County nursing facilities house approximately 3.76 percent of all nursing patients in the state of North Carolina. For example, in Table 3-5, the employment rates for arts and recreation services in WNC and North Carolina as a whole are 2.1 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, equivalent to a location ratio of 1.13 (the result of the regional percentage divided by the state percentage). The deepwater ports of Wilmington and Morehead City are North Carolina's two Atlantic gateways to global markets and are equipped to handle any type of cargo. In addition to its forest resources, North Carolina has large reserves of rocks and non-metallic minerals.