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Charlotte has been ranked second among the fastest growing cities in the United States according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau last Thursday. This has been expected since there has been a huge increase in the people and businesses entering the city over the past decade even during the recession.
The 2013 five-year American Community Survey reveals that Charlotte saw an increase of 40 percent in their population, from 540,828 to 757,278.
Big cities are named based on a population of more than 500,000 at the time of the 2000 census. Fort Worth, Texas tops the list as the fastest-growing city with an increase of 42.3 percent. Following Charlotte are three other Texas cities namely Austin with 27.5 percent increase; San Antonio with a rise of 18.7 percent, and El Paso with 17.2 leap.
However, Raleigh continues to outrun Charlotte as it tops the growth charts for both midsized and larger cities (residents more than 250,000 in 2000 with a 50.1 percent rise in population). Raleigh currently has an estimated population of 414,530 in 2013 from 276,093.
The state’s other bigger metro areas that have shown growth include Winston-Salem, 25; Durham, 25.6 percent; Greensboro, 22 percent; Wilmington, 43.1 percent; and Asheville, 23.2 percent.
As for the Charlotte region, the city isn’t the only one showing a boom in population. Other smaller towns that have done well include Indian Trail ranked 14th with a rise of 186.8 percent; Cornelius with 113.7 percent since 2000; Huntersville with a rise of 92.4 percent, Mooresville with an increase of 79.6 percent; Mint Hill with 56.7 percent growth; and Concord with a leap of 44.2 percent.
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