The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population estimates for 2011 with demographic breakdowns by age, gender, race and ethnicity, showing that the fourteen-county Charlotte metropolitan region is growing older and more diverse. With a population of just under 2.6 million, the Charlotte region increased by 39,764 residents between 2010 and 2011.
The non-Hispanic white population decreased from 66.0 percent of the population in 2010 to 65.6 percent in 2011. This is down significantly from what it was in 2000- 72.8 percent. The African American population is slowly approaching 21 percent, inching from 20.8 percent in 2010 to 20.9 percent in 2011. The share of the population that is Hispanic or Latino continues to grow, up from 8.7 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent in 2011, but it is not expanding nearly as fast as it did in the mid-2000s.
With regard to age, the 14-county Charlotte region has seen its population mature over the last decade. The percent of the population under 20 years has decreased from 28.2 percent in 2001 to 27.7 percent in 2011, while the percent of the population over 60 has increased from 14.7 percent in 2001 to 17.2 percent in 2011.
About the data: The U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its municipios. Demographic components of population change (births, deaths, and migration) are produced at the national, state, and county levels. Additionally, housing unit estimates are produced form the nation, states, and counties. Statistics are available at each level by race, ethnicity, age and gender.