Data Archive Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Data Points - Charlotte MSA: A Metropolitan Magnet

The Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) continues to grow. The 10-county area experienced an overall growth rate of 11.6 percent between 2010 and 2016, adding more than 257,000 people over those six years for a total population of 2,474,314 residents.

Migration, both domestic and international, drove the Charlotte area’s growth. A net total of more than 140,000 people moved into the Charlotte area from other parts of the country. Net international immigration exceeded 32,000 people. Natural increase (or births-deaths) exceeded 77,000.

Charlotte is the 22nd largest MSA in the United States. Among the largest 50 MSAs in the U.S., Charlotte’s 11.6 percent growth rate ranks seventh. Among all MSAs in the U.S., Charlotte’s growth over 2010 to 2016 ranks 34th in the nation

The dashboard below, created by the Charlotte Chamber Business Data and Analytics team using U.S. Census Bureau data, brings to light the population and migration dynamics of Charlotte and all other MSAs in the United States. Click through the map for details on each MSA’s population change as well as comparisons to Charlotte’s peer MSAs.   

The U.S. Census Bureau defines MSAs by commuting patterns. The Charlotte MSA includes: Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties in North Carolina, as well as Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.  

Posted by: Akofa Dossou, Business Data Analyst, Charlotte Chamber @ 12:00:00 am


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