After World War 1 ended, North Carolinians took the ride of their lives. Never before had some North Carolinians been so rich. Never before had most state residents been so poor.




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The arrival of the automobile

North Carolinians had known about cars since about 1905, when weathy industrialists and physicians brought them home to every town in the state. By 1912, townspeople used them on a daily basis.



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The good roads state

To make automobiles an integral part of industrial progress, state leaders decided to build a network of roads that would connect the industrial towns of the Piedmont with the raw materials grown on the Coastal Plain.



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Year
Rural
Urban
Percent Urban
1900
1,707,020
186,790
9.9
1910
1,887,813
318,474
14,4
1920
2,068,753
490,370
19.2
1930
2,360,429
809,847
25.5