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North Carolina
Rank Metro area Population # of small businesses
(1-49 employees)*
  Asheville 408,436 11,695
  Burlington 148,053 6,619
#7 among large places Charlotte 1,701,799 42,926
#15 among midsize places Durham 489,762 11,007
  Fayetteville 356,105 10,389
  Goldsboro 113,671 2,233
  Greensboro 705,684 17,442
  Greenville 176,758 3,636
  Hickory 363,036 7,722
  Jacksonville 165,938 2,631
#3 among large places Raleigh 1,088,765 27,659
  Rocky Mount 146,356 2,994
#14 among midsize places Wilmington 347,012 10,242
  Winston-Salem 468,124 10,342
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2007 County Business Patterns.
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