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Move Over San Fran - Charlotte Leaps to 15th Largest City in the US

Move Over San Fran - Charlotte Leaps to 15th Largest City in the US


Newly released census estimates show that Charlotte is now the 15th most populous city in the United States, surpassing San Francisco. Charlotte’s population had recently previously increased by 19.9%, surpassing Indianapolis in July, 2019.



North Carolina’s economy has driven much of the growth. The population boom has contributed to Charlotte’s building frenzy but, it has also been a factor in pushing up the cost of living, inducing a shortage of tens of thousands of affordable homes. This has become a challenge for our infrastructure to support the incredible growth.


Charlotte North Carolina




Charlotte’s growth was the 5th largest among all US cities with a population of at least 500,000. Only Seattle, Fort Worth, Austin and Denver grew faster.


Population increased in 7 cities in the Carolinas by at least 20% during the past decade as follows:


  • Rising PopulationApex – 59,300, a 56% increase
  • Mount Pleasant, SC – 91,700, a 34% increase
  • Cary – 170,300, a 24% increase
  • Huntersville – 58,000, a 23% increase
  • Summerville, SC – 52,500, a 22% increase
  • Concord – 96,300, a 21% increase
  • Durham – 279,000, also a 21% increase



Charlotte’s growth was formerly induced by annexation. During the past decade, the city’s borders haven’t changed much though. Instead, economics, the job market, cost of living, climate and healthcare are big draws for newcomers to the Queen City, causing the exponential growth.



Thinking of moving to the Queen City? Let's talk! Hiring the right Realtor® is key to a successful relocation and with an extensive history (nearly 4 DECADES) living in Charlotte, I know all of the nooks & crannies. Call or text me at (704) 491-3310.



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Comment balloon 18 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • May 22 2020 04:31AM


Congratulations to Charlotte Debe Maxwell, CRS. We know here in Arizona that Californians are fleeing the Golden State. The Phoenix metro receives 3,000 new Califonria residents each month. It is a shame as California is a beautiful state. But North Carolina is great and you are the go to Realtor. Jeff

Posted by Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell (HomeSmart Real Estate) 8 months ago

Charlotte folks can take pride in the growth of their city, Debe.  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Morning Debe.

By the time we get to be the third largest city in Arkansas I'll be pushing up daises.  We expect to be there by 2040.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning Debe. Chicago is going to drop out of the top twenty is we stay locked down much longer. The trip continues onto June. The joke, what year? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

Wow, that's quite the growth. There seem to be more people in the NY area considering the Carolinas for retirement, instead of FL. I'm sure that's part of it!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 8 months ago

I don't know if congrats are in order but larger often means more opportunities and that is great for our industry...

Happy Friday Debe....


Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 8 months ago

Top 15 means there are certainly a lot of people there.  I am sure the Phoenix area is up there too.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 8 months ago

This makes a strong argument for an MLB team to be located here in the next round of expansion.

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) 8 months ago

I am not surprised seeing all the development that has gone over the years and still going on. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 8 months ago

Good afternoon Debe Maxwell, CRS - that is really a break neck growth rate.  No wonder housing inventory is tight.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

Debe more and more people are realizing that Charlotte has a lot to offer and want to be a part of it.  Congratulations on moving up on the list.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 8 months ago

North Carolina is such a beautiful state.  From the coast to the mountains.  Don't know if I ever told you but my father grew up in Wilmington.  

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker 8 months ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS

With well over a hundred people moving here a day, it's about time we're high up on this list!  Seasons, lots to do, etc. make it a great place to live.

Posted by Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist (Immediate Home Solutions) 8 months ago

I LOVE Wilmington, Richard Weeks! We vacationed there almost every summer when we lived in NC (Dad was in the Air Force). My brother & sister-in-law are visiting his Mom there this weekend. Such a wonderful place to live and visit.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

That or it is because so many people are leaving San Francisco.

Posted by Anja Kerstens, 669.270.8034, GRI, NHCB, CDPE, CHS. Silicon Valley Homes (Compass) 8 months ago

Congratulations to Charlotte - You have so much to offer visitors and those who are ready to relocate.  

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) 7 months ago

Wow how did I miss this great post, I am so glad thanks to the AR Glitch I am here again:) Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Your photograph of Charlotte is picture perfect! Who wouldn't want to choose Charlotte or to hire you? You are perfect too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

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