Charlotte, North Carolina Population 2021

912,096
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Charlotte is a city located in Mecklenburg County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 912,096, it is the largest city in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States . Charlotte is currently growing at a rate of 1.47% annually and its population has increased by 24.70% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 731,424 in 2010. Charlotte reached it's highest population of 912,096 in 2021. Spanning over 309 miles, Charlotte has a population density of 2,969 people per square mile.

The average household income in Charlotte is $94,516 with a poverty rate of 12.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,135 per month, and the median house value is $220,300. The median age in Charlotte is 34.2 years, 33.3 years for males, and 35.3 years for females.

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the second-largest in the Southeastern U.S. after Jacksonville, Florida.

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 Religion Statistics

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.

Charlotte Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charlotte was:

  • White: 48.83%
  • Black or African American: 35.22%
  • Asian: 6.52%
  • Other race: 6.12%
  • Two or more races: 2.81%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Charlotte, North Carolina is 912,096 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 872,514.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 731,424.

Charlotte, North Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20212,724,75043,9301.61%
20202,680,82043,9401.64%
20192,636,88043,9301.67%
20182,592,95042,5801.64%
20172,550,37050,6701.99%
20162,499,70051,8002.07%
20152,447,90047,4201.94%
20142,400,48041,8201.74%
20132,358,66039,9901.70%
20122,318,67037,4401.61%
20112,281,23031,1101.36%
20102,250,1200.00%

Charlotte Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White418,65348.83%
Black or African American302,02335.22%
Asian55,9256.52%
Some Other Race52,5016.12%
Two or More Races24,1292.81%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,6940.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5000.06%
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Charlotte Population by Race

Charlotte Population Pyramid $2021

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Charlotte Median Age

34.2


Total

33.3


Male

35.3


Female

Charlotte Adults

There are 654,373 adults, (87,740 of whom are seniors) in Charlotte.

Charlotte Age Dependency

51.3

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Charlotte Sex Ratio

Female

445,390

51.95%

Male

412,035

48.05%

Charlotte Population by Age

Charlotte Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Charlotte Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.9%27.1%
All52.9%47.1%
Male42.6%57.4%
Non Family39.4%60.6%
Female38.2%61.8%

52.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charlotte Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All330,3912.5652.9
Non Family136,1861.3439.4
Married133,3783.372.9
Female45,8283.6238.2
Male14,9993.7442.6

3.32

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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Charlotte Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade30,5935.34%
9th to 12th Grade31,6955.53%
High School Graduate98,22117.13%
Some College114,80520.03%
Associates Degree43,9017.66%
Bachelors Degree165,68528.90%
Graduate Degree88,37015.42%
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Charlotte Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charlotte Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White264,258254,870158,005
Black195,425176,66957,358
Hispanic65,28339,18211,130
Asian38,26031,14222,311
Other Race27,64414,8983,329
2+ Races10,0329,2704,887
Native American2,5971,558362
Islander1811489

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.45%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 59.79%.

Charlotte Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,923$47,607$37,295
Less Than 9th Grade$23,019$25,916$17,793
High School Graduate$28,255$31,545$23,781
Some College$34,294$39,381$31,026
Bachelors Degree$56,017$69,896$47,615
Graduate Degree$73,386$95,201$58,919

$41,923

Average Earnings

$47,607

Average Male

$37,295

Average Female

Charlotte Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charlotte Language by Age

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Charlotte Language

78.27% of Charlotte residents speak only English, while 21.73% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 12.28% of the population.

Charlotte Language

Charlotte Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black296,93047,17015.89%
Hispanic121,24127,69422.84%
White349,74923,4526.71%
Other51,93613,62626.24%
Asian55,3786,24311.27%
Multiple23,6794,16117.57%
Native3,64490724.89%
Islander486377.61%

12.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.59%

Male Poverty Rate

13.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charlotte

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charlotte is Other, with 26.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charlotte is White, with 6.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.47%.

Charlotte Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.99%
High School14.67%
Some College10.12%
Bachelors or Greater3.53%

Charlotte Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed32.65%
Male Unemployed24.64%
Female Employed7.43%
Male Employed5.13%

Charlotte Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charlotte Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,817$94,516
Families$78,166$115,103
Married Families$102,306$142,396
Non Families$46,412$62,419
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Income by Household Type

Charlotte Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.0%

Male Marriage Rate

40.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Charlotte Married by Age and Sex

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Charlotte Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Charlotte Marital Status by Race

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Charlotte Marital Status

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35,825

Number of Veterans

31,527

Male Veterans

4,298

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam9,966
First Gulf War8,983
Second Gulf War8,088
Korea2,180
World War II1,022

Charlotte Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5410,613
65 to 747,546
55 to 647,150
75+6,220
18 to 344,296

Charlotte Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White19,8545.92%
Black14,6666.47%
Hispanic1,3991.78%
Other Race4831.46%
Asian3570.84%
2+ Races3452.59%
Native American853.00%
Islander3513.11%

Charlotte Veterans by Race

Charlotte Veterans by Education

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7.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charlotte Veterans by Education

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71.7%

Labor Force Participation

68%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Charlotte Employment by Age

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Charlotte Employment by Race

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Charlotte Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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41.14%

Born in Charlotte

83.31%

Native Born

16.69%

Foreign Born

10.92%

Non Citizen

5.77%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.31% of Charlotte residents were born in the United States, with 41.14% having been born in North Carolina. 10.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Charlotte Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021912,09613,1941.47%
2020898,90213,1941.49%
2019885,70813,1941.51%
2018872,51412,5121.45%
2017860,00216,8852.00%
2016843,11717,4492.11%
2015825,66818,2682.26%
2014807,40015,3531.94%
2013792,04718,7832.43%
2012773,26418,4352.44%
2011754,82916,3852.22%
2010738,444197,6163.16%
2000540,828144,8943.17%
1990395,93480,4602.30%
1980315,47474,0542.71%
1970241,42039,8561.82%
1960201,56467,5224.16%
1950134,04233,1432.88%
1940100,89918,2242.01%
193082,67536,3375.96%
192046,33812,3243.14%
191034,01415,9236.52%
190018,0916,5344.58%
189011,5574,4635.00%
18807,0942,6214.72%
18704,4732,1736.88%
18602,3001,2007.65%
18501,1000.00%

Charlotte Population by Year