March 27, 2012
According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Charlotte area grew faster than any other urbanized area with a population of 1 million or more from 2000 to 2010.
Charlotte’s urban area grew 64.6 percent, to 1.25 million people during this time period, based on the Census data released on Monday. By comparison, the nationwide population growth rate in urbanized areas was 12 percent.
The nation’s urban population grew by 12.1 percent during the decade, faster than the overall growth rate of 9.7 percent. Urban areas now account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population, according to the census bureau.
Charlotte also had the highest rate of land-area change, increasing by 70.5 percent. North Carolina has the second largest rural population, at 3.2 million, behind Texas and ahead of Pennsylvania.
The Census defines an urban area as “densely developed residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas.” It uses the data to distinguish the number of U.S. citizens living in urban areas as compared to rural ones.
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