As of August 18th, Wake County (the area in which I reside and the location of the capital city, Raleigh, NC) is predicted to reach one million residents. We are taking in approximately 62 people per day and have been for quite some time.
We moved here in August of 1969; there were estimated to be 228,000 people by 1970. After 45 years of living here, we have seen unprecedented growth in population and city limits have expanded beyond our imagination. So has traffic, as you might expect.
A local TV station asked a question via Facebook this morning; is this growth a point of pride or a cause for concern. My answer is that it is both. We can be proud if we also make certain that city and county services are kept up to standards and that we do all we can to help traffic flow smoothly. Over the last 4-5 years, my opinion is that we have not done that as well as we might. Traffic is terrible here. Long lines of cars idling in the summer heat are a drain on our budgets as well as a contributing factor to poor air quality. I try very hard not to be out driving during rush hour, morning or evening. Yes, I am proud that we live here, happy that we made that choice 45 years ago and happy that we decided to stay here, no matter what. But I still hate the traffic.....LOL