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Charlotte, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina with a population of 824,862 as of July 1, 2016. Charlotte ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charlotte is located at latitude 35.2087 and longitude -80.8307 in Mecklenburg County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charlotte (see map below) encompass a land area of 303.45 sq. miles and a water area of 2.02 sq. miles. Mecklenburg County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 761 feet.

The City of Charlotte (GNIS ID: 2404032) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Charlotte is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Mecklenburg County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Charlotte population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Charlotte: Charlottesburg, Charlottesburgh.

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Charlotte, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 824,862
Population in Households 810,960
Population in Familes 617,749
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,902
Population Density1 2,718
Diversity Index2 73


Total Households 322,507
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 192,514
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 354,770 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 173,991 (49.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 148,516 (41.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 32,263 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $190,964
Average Home Value $270,191


Median Household Income $53,383
Average Household Income $80,244
Per Capita Income $31,724
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.86% 2.0%
Households 1.64% 1.92%
Families 1.41% 1.79%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Charlotte, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charlotte to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 9 99th
Diversity Index2 # 47 94th
Median Household Income # 140 81st
Per Capita Income # 90 88th

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