Census numbers show significant growth in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell, steady gain in Rowan

Census numbers show significant growth in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell, steady gain in Rowan
Significant growth in Cabarrus County has resulted in the need for new schools and more classrooms. (David Whisenant-WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -The U.S. Census Bureau has released county population estimates for 2018, showing that numbers for Rowan County continue to creep upward, while in Cabarrus, the numbers show a big gain.

Estimates have Rowan County’s population at 141,262, a 0.52% increase from the 2017 estimate of 140,537. Since the 2010 census, Rowan’s population has increased 2.09%.

Cabarrus County’s population of 211,342 is up 18.38% from 2010 when the number was 178,535.

“This positive trend is encouraging and is good news for existing and potential employers in need of workers”, said EDC President Rod Crider. “A growing population means a steady and reliable pipeline of talent to meet our future employment needs in Rowan County.” “And, while our growth is slower than in some neighboring counties, we’re doing fine compared to the rest of the state, as more than 40 counties have declined in population since 2010. Our growth rate strikes a good balance between the competing interests of a need for a growing workforce and maintaining our exceptional quality of life,” he said. It satisfies our workforce needs and maintains the rural characteristics of our county that are so appealing, while awhile avoiding the negatives of increased traffic, congestion and infrastructure requirements," Crider said.

Other counties showing gains include Mecklenburg, up 18.48% from 2010 from 923,258 to 1,093,901. Iredell County was up 11.68 % with a population of 178.435, up from 159,768 in 2010.

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