Charlotte Population 2017

While the city proper has 810,000 residents, the larger urban area has 1.25 million people. The Charlotte metropolitan area has almost 2.4 million people, which makes it the 22nd largest in the U.S. The city proper has a population density of 2,720 people per square mile (1,050/square kilometer).

Charlotte is a major commerce center and the second-largest banking center in the country with the corporate headquarters for Bank of America and the East Coast operations for Wells Fargo. The Queen City is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the 23rd busiest airport in the world.

Charlotte Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial make-up of te city was 45% non-Hispanic white, 35% black, 13% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 5% Asian American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander; 7% other race, and 2.7% two or more races.

Charlotte is historically Protestant and the historic seat of Southern Presbyterianism. Despite this, many new faiths have made their way to the region. The Presbyterian Church is the 4th larges denomination in the city. Other major denominations include the Presbyterian Church in America, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Advent Christian Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the National Baptist Convention, which is the largest predominantly African American denomination in the country. Charlotte also has the largest Jewish community of the Carolinas with two major synagogues.

With almost 52% of Charlotteans being religiously affiliated, Charlotte is the second-most religious city in the country.

Charlotte Population Growth

Charlotte is currently the third fastest-growing major U.S. city. If its population growth continues, Charlotte's population is set to surge by 47% from 2010 to 2030, growing from 1.87 million to about 2.74 million in just twenty years.

Much of the growth in the region is due to foreign immigration as well as return migration to the South for the lower cost of living.

Year Population Change
2015 827,097 13.10%
2010 731,424 35.20%
2000 540,828 36.60%
1990 395,934 25.50%
1980 315,474 30.70%
1970 241,420 19.80%
1960 201,564 50.40%
1950 134,042 32.80%
1940 100,899 22.00%
1930 82,675 78.40%
1920 46,338 36.20%
1910 34,014 88.00%
1900 18,091 56.50%
1890 11,557 62.90%
1880 7,094 58.60%
1870 4,473 94.50%
1860 2,300 109.10%
1850 1,100 0.00%

Charlotte Population in 2017 Source: Riction

Charlotte Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 401,952 51.88%
Black or African American 270,894 34.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,185 0.41%
Asian 43,055 5.56%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 474 0.06%
Some Other Race 34,488 4.45%
Two or More Races 20,759 2.68%

Population Pyramid

Charlotte Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 333,257
Owner-Occupied Units 165,158
Renter-Occupied Units 140,330
Median Home Value $172,000
Median Rent $926
Vacancy Rate 8.3%
Houses With Mortgage 131,241
Houses Without Mortgage 33,917
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.4

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Charlotte for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.9% and the labor force participation rate is 72.1%.

Charlotte Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.55
Average Family Size 3.25
Married Couple Families 122,792
Male Householder (no wife) Families 14,475
Female Householder (no husband) Families 46,981
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 6.1%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.6%