Which local counties are leading Charlotte’s booming growth?

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte metro continues to see its population grow among the fastest in the nation, according to the newest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area had an estimated population of 2,684,276 as of July 1, 2020, up 1.67% from the previous year, according to census data that came out this month. The Vintage 2020 evaluation estimates are based on the 2010 Census and are separate from the 2020 Census results, which are also being released this year.

“They are typically used in comparisons with the 2020 Census to make determinations about the accuracy of the estimates,” the bureau explains.

Between July 2019 and the same month of last year, the Charlotte metro gained 44,159 residents, according to those estimates. That averages to about 121 people each day — a result of new residents moving to the area as well as a natural increase. The Charlotte metro’s net migration totaled an estimated 35,367 people from July 2019-20, while its natural increase was 8,868.

Charlotte logged the sixth-largest year-over-year numeric gain of any U.S. metro included in the population estimates.

Over the past decade, the Charlotte metro has added more than 440,000 people — up about 20% since 2010, according to the estimates.

The local counties logging the largest growth rates over that period include Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union in North Carolina and Lancaster and York in South Carolina. Each posted gains above 20%.

Two counties in the region saw their populations decline.

Read the full story here to see the actual number of people added and the growth rate of each county in the area.

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