Charlotte is one of the fastest growing metros in America. We know this because the US Census Bureau just released the most recent data set that focuses on internal migration from city to city within the United States. We partnered with Lawnstarter, a company that connects consumers with local lawn care providers, to sift through this data, analyze it, and pull out relevant information specific to each city. With this article we’re focusing on Charlotte, NC, and trying to understand where migrants to Charlotte are coming from and why they chose Charlotte to be their new hometown.

In 2010 to 2016, the metro area of Charlotte grow from 2,223,454 to 2,474,314 people. That’s an increase of 250,860 or 11.2% of population growth. Below we’ve developed a few interesting graphs that explain the migration and tell the story a little better. They show the top 10 Metro Areas Sending Residents to the Charlotte area. They also contain the net flow of residents to and from those locations, so you understand how people are moving in and out of Charlotte.

Top 10 Areas Sending Residents to Charlotte, NC:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Winston, NC
  3. Greensboro, NC
  4. Hickory, NC
  5. Raleigh, NC
  6. Columbia, SC
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Greenville, NC


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