Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, formed November 6, 1762, is happy to boast that the numbers in the 2014 census reported that it officially became the state’s first county to surpass a population of one million residents. The new census data was released on March 26, 2015, and showed the county’s total population as 1.01 million, a two percent increase from the 2013 figures.
The county’s population in 2010 was 923,413. Now, with more than a million people and a metropolitan population of approximately two million, developers suggest that the county will eventually eclipse Atlanta as the hub of the Southeast and will likely double to four million within the next 20 to 30 years.
The climate is normally warm, there is an affordable cost of living, exploding growth, good schools, an international airport, professional sports, national conventions, museums and other cultural activities, and closeness to the mountains and beach. This area appeals to people who want to retire or who are looking for a good job and excellent living conditions as well as corporations that are attracted to the outstanding possibilities presented by a bullish business climate. Charlotte’s South End is extra active with apartment after apartment being built to accommodate the rapid growth.
Mecklenburg County has seven municipalities: the City of Charlotte and the towns of Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson, Mint Hill, Pineville and a small portion of Stallings.
Known as the “Queen City”, Charlotte is the county seat, the largest city, and is the 22nd largest metro area in the United States. It was named to commemorate the marriage of King George III to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, where the county name came from as well. If the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence allegedly signed on May 20, 1775, is genuine, the county was part of the first of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain.
Attractions in the area are many and varied and include such intriguing ones as the 10,000-seat BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, which is the home of the Charlotte Knights, a Triple-A baseball team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox; the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, which displays USAirways Flight 1549, known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”, as well as military and private aircraft, helicopters, and more; the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, the first documented gold find in the United States, where you can pan for gold for only $3.00 per pan; and many others.