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Both counties also made the top 10 for most visitor spending.
In terms of growth rate from 2021-22, Guilford County ranked seventh overall out of the 100 counties in the state with a 19.7 percent growth rate. The total spending by visitors in 2022 was $1.5 billion, which ranked Guilford County as No. 5 overall for total spending.
For Forsyth County, the growth rate from 2021-22 was 18.9 percent, which put the county at eighth place overall. The total spending by visitors during that time was $987 million, which ranked Forsyth County as No. 9 for total spending by visitors.
The top county for most growth from 2021-22 for visitor spending was Davidson County which was a 34.9 percent increase. Second place went to Durham County which was a 30.9 percent increase. Mecklenburg was third place with 30.5 percent growth.
For overall visitor spending, Mecklenburg ranked first with $5.3 billion in visitor spending, the most of any county by more than $2 billion. Second place was Wake County which totaled $2.9 billion in visitor spending. Third place was Buncombe County with $2.8 billion.
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