The Charlotte Region in 2050
The Charlotte Region continues to attract newcomers from throughout the county and the world. And while immigration and population growth have begun to slow nationwide, the Charlotte Region will continue to outpace national trends. We project that the Charlotte Region will grow from just over 3 million people in 2019, to nearly 4.6 million in 2050.
The urban core county of Mecklenburg will continue to grow, adding more than 600,000 people. But more than 60% of regional growth will occur in bordering suburban counties, a trend that is set to intensify given the aging of the large millennial generation into their 30s and 40s. These surrounding suburban counties will add more than 840,000 people. Two counties – Lancaster and York in South Carolina- will more than double in size. Only 4% of total regional growth will occur in outlying counties with two – Chester and Chesterfield – projected to lose population.
Population Projections, Suburban and Exurban Counties 2020-2050
Posted by: Chuck McShane, Senior Vice President, Economic Research @ 3:00:00 pm