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Old 03-27-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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OK, let's just double what is there now. That means we are talking about ~125 years.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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The 3 counties that separate these two metros are Rowan, Davie and Davidson. From the US Census:
  • Rowan - 255 people/sq mile (511 sq miles)
  • Davie - 258 people/sq mile (265 sq miles)
  • Davidson - 268 people/sq mile (552 sq miles)
For comparison purposes:
  • Mecklenburg - 1332 people/sq mile (526 sq miles)
The population of Davie, Rowan, & Davidson increased by ~27,000 over the last decade. Which is a rate of 2 people/sq mile per year. At that rate, it will take more than 500 years for these 3 counties to approach what we see in Mecklenburg. Driving down the interstates between these metros is quite deceiving. Take an exit and drive for a short ways, and you will find a large amount of empty space.
According to the US Census, an urbanized county is any county with a population of 200ppsm. You have just proved that this area is actually connected from Raleigh to Charlotte. Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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According to the US Census, an urbanized county is any county with a population of 200ppsm. You have just proved that this area is actually connected from Raleigh to Charlotte. Thanks.
Thanks. So I guess that we are to assume that those are urbanized pig farms.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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According to the US Census, an urbanized county is any county with a population of 200ppsm. You have just proved that this area is actually connected from Raleigh to Charlotte. Thanks.
Where did you see that

The Census Bureau does not classify counties as urban. It delineates urban areas, which generally consist of contiguous census blocks with a population density of 500 persons per square mile or more.

Maps available here: Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Wall Maps - December 2008 show census urban areas shaded.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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According to the US Census, an urbanized county is any county with a population of 200ppsm. You have just proved that this area is actually connected from Raleigh to Charlotte. Thanks.
This wasn't a question of government classifications. The question is whether a vast megalopolis would form with NC's metros along with Atlanta. The answer is clearly not. IMO, I wouldn't even put most of Mecklenburg into this category, but people get so defensive over population.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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Where did you see that

The Census Bureau does not classify counties as urban. It delineates urban areas, which generally consist of contiguous census blocks with a population density of 500 persons per square mile or more.

Maps available here: Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Wall Maps - December 2008 show census urban areas shaded.
If you do a search on the State of NC urban distressed communities it describes what I refer to. Perhaps it wasn't the US census but the state of NC. Even still, there is still connectivity among those urban pig farms.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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This wasn't a question of government classifications. The question is whether a vast megalopolis would form with NC's metros along with Atlanta. The answer is clearly not. IMO, I wouldn't even put most of Mecklenburg into this category, but people get so defensive over population.
Even among the NE corridor between Baltimore and Phily there are some rural areas in between, but I hardly doubt anyone would argue against any sort of connectivity there.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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Even among the NE corridor between Baltimore and Phily there are some rural areas in between, but I hardly doubt anyone would argue against any sort of connectivity there.
My population numbers speak for themselves. Despite referring to pig farms as urban and despite what is going on between Baltimore and Philly, there isn't going to be a megalopolis forming in NC to GA during the lifetime of anyone reading this now. It will be lucky to hold on to what it has considering that most of the urban area is of the type that is highly dependent upon very cheap oil.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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My population numbers speak for themselves. Despite referring to pig farms as urban and despite what is going on between Baltimore and Philly, there isn't going to be a megalopolis forming in NC to GA during the lifetime of anyone reading this now. It will be lucky to hold on to what it has considering that most of the urban area is of the type that is highly dependent upon very cheap oil.
The Megapolis has existed for decades. I can remember being told about it as a child, in the Midwest in the 1950s. I was scared to death when I was told that our family was moving & would be smack in the middle of it. Much to my surprise, we settled in a town which was, in the mid-'60s, much like Kings Mountain, except with farms & orchards within the town.
A Megapolis is not continuous, non-stop urbanity. The current Megapolis is currently considered to be from Boston to Richmond. There's still farmland between DC & Richmond. There are farms between Philly & Baltimore. The officials will announce when the standards for another megapolis are met, & I believe that it's very close. I will live to see this. I may live to see the 2 Megapolises join, but that's more of a question, although it will happen.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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If Charlotte growth pattern was the same from 2000 then Charlotte has around 750k people.
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