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Charlotte metro area population jumps to within top 25

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 by Justin Ruckman

From #33 in January, to #23 in February. How, you ask?

Well, they redrew the lines. The MSA (or Metropolitan Statistical Area) lines, to be exact.

Mary Newsom has more at UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute blog, PlanCharlotte.

In January, the Charlotte metro area population was 1.8 million people. In February, the metro area population was 2.3 million. Where did the half-million people come from? New boundaries were drawn for metropolitan statistical areas.

In February 2013, new MSA definitions took effect. The changes, based on commuting ties among counties, are part of an update that take place approximately three years after the 10-year census occurs (click here for details on the rules and timetable for updates).  Some metro areas across the country may see little or no change, but metro Charlotte saw a net gain of four counties and more than 465,000 people. (…)

With 10 counties, Charlotte’s MSA is the Carolinas’ largest both in population and number of counties. Officially called the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C-S.C. MSA, it ranks 23 nationally in population, between Pittsburgh, Pa., at 22 and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash., at 24 (Click here to see the top 25 areas in the U.S., compiled by the North Texas Commission.)