Friday, December 5, 2014
Recently released data by the U.S. Census Bureau ranks Charlotte No. 2 among the fastest growing big cities in the United States.
The data released on Thursday from the 2013 five-year American Community Survey, shows that the Queen City has grown 40 percent since the 2000 census. Big cities are defined as those that had populations of more than 500,000 at the time of the 2000 census.
Charlotte, with some 757,300 residents, now ranks as the nation’s 17th largest city, up from 26th at the turn of the century.
Only Fort Worth, Texas ranks higher on the list of the nation’s fastest-growing big cities, with a 42.3 percent rise in population. Following second-place Charlotte are three more Texas cities: Austin, with 27.5 percent growth; San Antonio, 18.7 percent; and El Paso, 17.2 percent.
Raleigh, NC is actually growing faster than Charlotte, with a 50 percent increase from 2000-2013, to 414,500. But the city’s population has yet to reach the half-million mark.
Here’s a look at how some of the state’s bigger metro areas have fared:
-Winston-Salem, 25 percent growth since the turn of the century.
-Durham, 25.6 percent.
-Greensboro, 22 percent.
-Wilmington, 43.1 percent.
-Asheville, 23.2 percent.
In the Charlotte region, the swelling number of residents has not been limited to the city’s limits. A number of smaller towns in the area have experienced major population booms as well:
-Indian Trail ranks No. 14 on the overall list with a whopping 186.8 percent population increase.
-Cornelius has seen its population grow 113.7 percent since 2000.
-Huntersville experienced a 92.4 percent increase.
-Mooresville has grown by 79.6 percent.
-Mint Hill’s population expanded by 56.7 percent.
-And Concord saw growth of 44.2 percent.
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