Raleigh is often named as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, but Charlotte has recently outpaced the state’s capital after having passed the 800,000 population mark last year. This is a 2 percent growth in population from 2013.
Charlotte’s population growth has been nothing short of impressive, especially when compared to some of the larger cities in the country. The population has grown 10.7 percent since 2010, a growth rate that topped every one of the country’s 50 biggest cities with the exception of Austin and New Orleans. Charlotte gained 78,534 residents over that time period – only 7 other cities gained more residents during that time.
Charlotte is currently the 17th biggest city in the country. The second biggest city in North Carolina, Raleigh, experienced an annual growth rate of 1.9 percent over the last year, slightly below that of Charlotte. Despite being the second biggest city in the state, Raleigh’s population is still only half of Charlotte’s. Many of the smaller towns around the Charlotte area have experienced respectable population growth as well over the last year.