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Old 03-31-2007, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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With many newcomers arriving in NC, I thought I'd include some of the populations of metro counties that are mentioned a lot on this site. It'll give an idea of the size of the metro areas and its counties. These are 2007 estimates based on 2000-2005 growth rates.

Charlotte Metro
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Mecklinburg 853,647
York (SC) 206,001
Gaston 200,394
Union 187,541
Cabarrus 161,348
Iredell 150,836
Rowan 137,753
Lincoln 73,188
Lancaster (SC) 64,153
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Metro Total 2,034,861


Raleigh/Durham Metro
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Wake 777,396
Durham 251,230
Johnston 157,972
Orange 125,440
Chatham 59,115
Franklin 57,018
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Metro Total 1,428,171


Greensboro/Winston Salem Metro
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Guilford 449,331
Forsyth 332,186
Davidson 158,825
Alamance 143,242
Randolph 141,694
Rockingham 92,753
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Metro Total 1,318,031


Asheville Metro
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Buncombe 222,618
Henderson 101,712
Haywood 58,470
Madison 20,849
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Metro Total 403,649


Wilmington Metro
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New Hanover 185,163
Brunswick 92,085
Pender 48,589
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Metro Total 325,837


Hickory Metro
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Catawba 156,091
Burke 90,684
Caldwell 80,400
Alexander 36,720
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Metro Total 363,895
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Old 03-31-2007, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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Thanks for the stats!
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:10 AM
 
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Once again, Anson County is part of the Charlotte Metro Stat Area, which of course means that it is also part of the Combined Metro Stat Area. Also, note that the stats above are for COMBINED Metro Areas. The population of Charlotte and Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham's individual Metro's Statistical Areas are much smaller.
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Old 04-01-2007, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Once again, Anson County is part of the Charlotte Metro Stat Area, which of course means that it is also part of the Combined Metro Stat Area. Also, note that the stats above are for COMBINED Metro Areas. The population of Charlotte and Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham's individual Metro's Statistical Areas are much smaller.
I've worked in the area of Demographics/Geography in the past. I'm aware that the Census Office includes Anson Co. in the Charlotte metro. I've contacted the office when they did this and never got a straight answer. They didn't seem to have a reason as to why they include Anson. It makes absolutely no sense in including a county that has nothing to do with the Charlotte area in any relevantly statistical way. The criteria I always used to determine if when a county should be included is;

* Is the county within a 40-miles radius of the central city?
* Does the county contribute to the metro, as a whole, in a demographic (% of commuters), reacreational (theme parks, lakes, ect), economic (indutries), or cultural (museums, colleges, ect) way. Anson contributes in none of these areas. It's not a knock against Anson, just that other than being in the Charlotte media market, it's too far removed in every way. Including a county has to make some sort of statistical sense.

As with the Raleigh/Durham area and the Greensboro/Winston Salem areas being these "sub" metros, that goes back to the flip-flopping of the census people. Most publications still combine these areas (as I do) because of the above stated reasons. Raleigh and Durham are almost totally linked economically, demographically, ect. It makes no practical sense to split these areas up. If people want to know how, for instance, Durham is different from Raleigh, or Chapel Hil, ect, there are separate sets of rankings and stats for individual cities and counties. But if you're looking at a metro area in the true sense of the word, you have to combine these counties to get the TRUE picture of the whole area. Having one "metro" 10-20 miles up the highway from another "metro" makes no practical sense at all to me. They even market themselves as one unit (The Triagle), as does Greensboro/Winston Salem (Triad). They're sub forums on this site are listed that awy as well. Even the census guru's can't seem to make up their minds on this.

I know some of this is based a lot of opinion and can be subjective. But I've just found what I've described as the best and most honest way to get a true picture of a metro region.

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Old 04-01-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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Well, as I understand it, the only thing that matters to inclusion of a county in an MSA is the percentage of a county's population commuting to another Metro County. In that regard, which is THE thing that matters in defining an MSA beyond the core county, Anson County meets the definition. Anson County's inclusion is not debatable because the government has decreed it to be so already.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Default updated populations

Does anyone have updated population
I am trying to compare charlotte to Raleigh areas


Charlotte Metro
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Mecklinburg 853,647
York (SC) 206,001
Gaston 200,394
Union 187,541
Cabarrus 161,348
Iredell 150,836
Rowan 137,753
Lincoln 73,188
Lancaster (SC) 64,153
----------
Metro Total 2,034,861


Raleigh/Durham Metro
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Wake 777,396
Durham 251,230
Johnston 157,972
Orange 125,440
Chatham 59,115
Franklin 57,018
---------
Metro Total 1,428,171


Greensboro/Winston Salem Metro
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Guilford 449,331
Forsyth 332,186
Davidson 158,825
Alamance 143,242
Randolph 141,694
Rockingham 92,753
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Metro Total 1,318,031
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Try this interactive tool from the NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census - NYTimes.com. You can look at county demographics and ten year growth up until the 2010 Census. It's interesting to see just how much Wake County had closed most of the gap with Mecklenburg since 2007 estimates. What was more than a 76,000 gap in '07 was less than a 19,000 gap in '10.
Mecklenburg (2007/2010): 853,647/919,628 (up 32.2% since 2000)
Wake (2007/2010): 777,396/900,993 (up 43.5% since 2000)
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Originally Posted by toddanderson View Post
Does anyone have updated population
I am trying to compare charlotte to Raleigh areas


Charlotte Metro
----------------
Mecklinburg 853,647
York (SC) 206,001
Gaston 200,394
Union 187,541
Cabarrus 161,348
Iredell 150,836
Rowan 137,753
Lincoln 73,188
Lancaster (SC) 64,153
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Metro Total 2,034,861


Raleigh/Durham Metro
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Wake 777,396
Durham 251,230
Johnston 157,972
Orange 125,440
Chatham 59,115
Franklin 57,018
---------
Metro Total 1,428,171


Greensboro/Winston Salem Metro
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Guilford 449,331
Forsyth 332,186
Davidson 158,825
Alamance 143,242
Randolph 141,694
Rockingham 92,753
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Metro Total 1,318,031
Cleveland & Anson are both missing from the list for Charlotte.

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Old 09-04-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I don't think that any of the OP's lists were true reflections of their CSA counties. Harnett is also missing from the Triangle's.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Are you aware that City-Data themselves have little mini-demographics pages on every city/town?

Here is the NC link for "larger" places.. Not just population but all kinds of other info. Seems to be 2010 Census date or close to it.

In general, factual information such as population can be more easily Googled for terms like "NC population" or "NC demographics" to get the "published" and reliable results, than asking a web forum.

Here is the link to the NC Office of State Budget & Management with population estimates and projections, as official as it gets.
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