NEW YORK - North Carolina's local governments have weathered the recent recession relatively well and their credit quality remains strong, stable, and resilient, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said in a report Monday.

“About 63% of the state's local governments have debt ratings of AA-minus or above, compared with 42% for the sector as a whole,” said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Andrew Teras. “And 14% of them have AAA ratings, one of the highest ratios of any state.”

“The state's financial oversight of local governments is a key factor contributing to our view of the strong credit quality of its counties, cities, and towns,” said Teras, in the article.

Standard & Poor's rates general obligation debt of 123 municipalities in North Carolina.

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