Charlotte NC is expected to experience a significant demographic boom by 2050


The research conducted examines how the Charlotte area is developing, relative to other major metros, where it came from, and how we plan to grow in the future.

CHARLOTTE, NC – According to an analysis conducted by the Charlotte Regional Trade Alliance, the Charlotte area is expected to experience significant growth over the next 30 years.

With this growth come questions: where do we grow? Who calls the Queen City house? Let’s see what the alliance has found.

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Growth & diversity: who is moving to Charlotte?

The Charlotte area has become more diverse over the past decade, with the fastest growing among those who identified as a race other than the Listed (209 percent), multiracial (192 percent) and Asian (83 percent).

People moving to the Charlotte area from elsewhere in the United States tend to be more educated, younger, and wealthier than residents already living in the area.

People who migrate to the Charlotte area from foreign countries tend to have varying levels of education. More than 50 percent are either highly educated or do not have a high school diploma, compared to 22 percent of current regional residents in Charlotte.

How do we expect it to grow in the future?

The Charlotte area is expected to grow 50% by 2050, from around 3 million to 4.5 million people.

The fastest growth is expected in York County, South Carolina, and Lancaster County, South Carolina, which are expected to roughly double in size over the next 30 years.

Where does the growth come from?

104 people settle in the Charlotte area every day, with the largest contingents coming from New York.

How does this growth compare to other cities?

The Charlotte area has grown 16.3% over the past decade, surpassing the entire state of North Carolina (9.5%), the state of South Carolina (10.7%) and the nation as a whole (7.4%).

The Charlotte metropolitan area has experienced the ninth-fastest growing in the past decade and has grown even more rapidly towards the end of the decade.

This is the latest report in a series of research studies on growth in the Charlotte area. The full report with graphics is available here.

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