Mecklenburg joins the million-person club

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The Story

Mecklenburg is the first Carolinas’ county to break the 1-million person threshold, new census data shows.

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The Numbers

– Officially, the county has an estimated 1.01 million people.

– Wake came up just short, with 998,691. Eventually, though, it’s expected to overtake Meck.

– The Charlotte metro area (Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia) bypassed the Pittsburgh region to become the 22nd biggest metro area in the nation.

– Regionally, Lancaster, S.C., and Union County saw the highest growth.

– Myrtle is the nation’s second-fastest growing metro area.

– Los Angeles County is the nation’s biggest, with 10.1 million people.

Lovin’ on Charlotte

Photos by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

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