CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Recent college grad Christopher Glennon is just settling into his new city.
"I really fell in love with it and got a job up here and the rest is history," he says.
Like many his age, he is growing roots in this city that is also growing fast.
"It's a big city, but it's not overwhelming," he says.
More than 800,000 people now live in Charlotte. Assistant Planning Director Ed McKinney says you can expect another 480,000 by 2045.
"We're going to grow a little more dense and some of our areas are going to have to change," he says.
McKinney says the city will grow up instead of out. That trend is set to extend far outside Uptown into South Charlotte, South Park and even Ballantyne.
"We put the investment in those places to accommodate that future pattern," he says.
Those investments include Charlotte's light rail. The city's nine-mile long blue line is set to open in two months.
All this growth could mean more than 100,000 new cars on the roads which is why the city is hoping newcomers will take advantage of new public transportation.
Officials said not all moving to the Queen City are young people.
"We're seeing retirees that want to be close to their millennial children," McKinney says.
McKinney says the next step is to determine what land uses the city wants to see over the next 30 years across Charlotte's 300 square miles.
"Working with the community defining the kind of places we want in the long term."