Mecklenburg will likely give up its title as state’s biggest county soon

Mecklenburg will likely give up its title as state’s biggest county soon
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Mecklenburg County takes pride in being the most populous in North Carolina. But it appears that it will soon be overtaken.

The most recent population estimate for Mecklenburg County is 1,054,835, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s current as of July 2016, and marks a whopping 15 percent increase since 2010.

But Wake County is currently only about 8,000 people behind, at 1,046,791. And it’s growing even faster.

Hat tip to Chuck McShane, research director at the Charlotte Chamber, for tweeting about these figures. He said sometime between the years 2019 and 2022 is when Wake will likely overtake Mecklenburg.

Why? Mostly physical size. Wake County covers about 60 percent more land area than does Mecklenburg. Meck is much more dense, population-wise.

The Raleigh skyline

If it makes you feel any better, the city of Charlotte dwarfs the city of Raleigh. Wake County is made up of many more and larger towns.

Charlotte has nearly twice as many people as Raleigh — 827,097 to 451,066. Charlotte is also growing faster.

Note: This story has been updated to revise the timeline for when Wake will overtake Mecklenburg.

Cover photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg Historical Association

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