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View Diary: Political geography: What if Appalachia were its own state? (166 comments)

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  •  Only if you widen it to include Spartanburg (0+ / 0-)

    otherwise its outpaced by Knoxville's metro area with the inclusion of Maryville/Blount County, etc. But yeah Greenville County actually has more people than Knox County does, and Greenville has been seeing nearly 20% growth a decade for the past several decades on average at it doesn't look to be stopping. That's one area of South Carolina I really don't know all that much about and it was debatable whether or not to include it in Appalachia.

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      Well, I moved here in 2003.  So I didn't grow up here.  Only the Northern part of the county, which borders NC, is mountainous.  But you said you wanted to include flat parts in Appalachia.  You can divide the county into thirds, with all the municipalities in the center third.  That center feels very suburban, with a lot of new development.  The other thirds are farmland; the southern third is wide open space that to me looks in better shape economically than the northern third.  But I might think that just because the roads in the southern third are in better shape.

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