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Old 01-23-2021, 08:19 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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First and foremost, let the record show that I don't necessarily view "legacy city" as a negative term. In my opinion, a "legacy city" is a city that enjoyed prosperity before the 1950s or so, specifically in regards to manufacturing. However, given the fact that most of North Carolina's major cities did not boom until the late 20th century, are there any cities that could be described as "legacy cities" in North Carolina?
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:08 AM
 
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The Lincoln Institute doesn't list any. It lists Norfolk Va and Danville Va as our closest ones. Note sure why Danville VA.

I would think Wilmington, with its rich history as a port and shipbuilding could qualify but is actually thriving much more than most legacy cities.

The Lincoln Institute list Huntington WV, Altoona PA, Youngstown OH, Binghamton NY as legacy cities. There are very few in the south, including none in NC, SC and Florida.
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Rocky Mount? Wilson? How big of a city does it have to be to qualify?
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:33 AM
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Location: North Carolina
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The Lincoln Institute doesn't list any. It lists Norfolk Va and Danville Va as our closest ones. Note sure why Danville VA.

I would think Wilmington, with its rich history as a port and shipbuilding could qualify but is actually thriving much more than most legacy cities.

The Lincoln Institute list Huntington WV, Altoona PA, Youngstown OH, Binghamton NY as legacy cities. There are very few in the south, including none in NC, SC and Florida.
Definitions may vary. I think of NC legacy cities being those that were prevalent during the early 20th century and whose economies usually related to textiles, furniture, and tobacco and have either lost population or are seeing marginal growth at best. So Thomasville, Kinston, Hickory, etc., are legacy cities.

The opposite would be places like Holly Springs, Huntersville, Morrisville, etc., that have grown tremendously to have populations exceeding legacy cities, but that were nothing but small communities barely appearing on a map just a few decades ago.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:36 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Perhaps Winston-Salem could fit the description, as well? It hasn’t declined but the presence of North Carolina’s older industries (tobacco, textiles) is more so apparent there, especially compared to the other Piedmont cities.
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:29 PM
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Location: North Carolina
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Perhaps Winston-Salem could fit the description, as well? It hasn’t declined but the presence of North Carolina’s older industries (tobacco, textiles) is more so apparent there, especially compared to the other Piedmont cities.
Perhaps it could. I think this is generally true of the entire Triad area.
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:39 PM
 
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I think Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point all qualify. As does Wilmington. It was the largest city in NC in 1900. And probably Fayetteville too.
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Old 01-23-2021, 10:12 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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For reference, these are the population figures from the 24 largest cities around 100 years ago (1920) compared with 2019 figures. The bolded cities have been overtaken in rank by mostly newer, faster-growing ones.

1 - Winston-Salem 48.4k
2 - Charlotte 46.3k
3 - Wilmington 33.4k
4 - Asheville 28.5k
5 - Raleigh 24.4k
6 - Durham 21.7k
7 - Greensboro 19.8k
8 - High Point 14.3k
9 - Salisbury 13.9k
10 - Gastonia 12.9k
11 - Rocky Mount 12.7k
12 - New Bern 12.2k
13 - Goldsboro 11.2k
14 - Wilson 10.6k
15 - Concord 9.9k
16 - Kinston 9.7k
17 - Elizabeth City 8.9k
18 - Fayetteville 8.8k
19 - Statesville 7.9k
20 - Burlington 5.9k
21 - Greenville 5.7k
22 - Lexington 5.2k
23 - Henderson 5.2k
24 - Hickory 5.1k

Current 24 largest cities in NC:

1 - Charlotte 886k
2 - Raleigh 474k
3 - Greensboro 296k
4 - Durham 279k
5 - Winston-Salem 248k
6 - Fayetteville 212k
7 - Cary 170k
8 - Wilmington 124k
9 - High Point 113k
10 - Concord 96k
11 - Greenville 93k
12 - Asheville 93k
13 - Gastonia 77k
14 - Jacksonville 72k
15 - Chapel Hill 64k
16 - Apex 59k
17 - Huntersville 58k
18 - Burlington 55k
19 - Rocky Mount 54k
20 - Kannapolis 51k
21 - Wilson 49k
22 - Wake Forest 46k
23 - Hickory 41k
24 - Indian Trail 40k
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Old 01-23-2021, 10:13 PM
 
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Winston-Salem best fits the description IMO.
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Old 01-23-2021, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I think Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point all qualify. As does Wilmington. It was the largest city in NC in 1900. And probably Fayetteville too.
Yep. Tobacco, textiles and furniture.
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