Sometimes numbers can really help paint a picture of a community.
And for those of you who are new to the area, or need a refresher on the community, we have a few choice ones to consider for Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte.
The data comes courtesy the U.S. Census Bureau, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, National Weather Service, weatherdatabase.com and former Observer weather guru Steve Lyttle.
1,034,070 Mecklenburg's estimated 2015 population. The county, which broke the 1-million mark in 2014, got some company last year when Wake County also surpassed 1 million. As with most things, Wake still trails Mecklenburg.
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17,695 The number of residents the city of Charlotte added between July 2014 and July 2015. That was good enough to be the 10th biggest increase of any city in the country during that period with a population of 50,000 or more, and helped boosted Charlotte’s population to 827,097.
34.3 Median age in Mecklenburg.
89 Percentage of county residents with a high school degree or higher. The state rate is 85.4 Ppercent.
$56,472 Median household income in the county, nearly $10,000 higher than the $46,693 median for the state.
134,899 Foreign-born population of Mecklenburg County.
50,057 Veterans in the county.
52 Percent of Charlotte’s population is female.
155 Nonstop destinations from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, from //Akron, Ohio, to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The airport is a hub for American, and is ranked ninth nationwide for total passengers (44.9 million.)
37 Miles of developed greenway in the county, along with 150 miles of undeveloped greenways.
62 Number of homicides in Charlotte last year, a six-year high and well above the historic low of 42 killings the previous year.
21,000 Approximate total of acres for parkland in the county.
307.1 Size of Charlotte in square miles. The city is more than twice the size of Philadelphia (134 square miles), five times larger than Washington, D.C., (61 square miles) and more than six times larger than Boston (48 square miles).
27,329 New jobs in Mecklenburg County in 2015; total jobs are 637,378.
$205,000 Median sales price for all homes in Mecklenburg County.
3,176 Animals adopted in the 2014-15 fiscal year from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department CMPD animal care and control.
18.5 Percentage of people in the county who speak a language at home other than English. The most popular, at 10.8 percent, is Spanish or Spanish Creole.
283,993 The number of Mecklenburg County residents, 15 or older, who have never been married. (Or, about enough people to populate Greensboro.)
8,735 Estimated number of residents, 16 or older, whose commute to work is 90 minutes or longer. Yikes.
24.9 Average minutes for travel time to work for Mecklenburg County residents, 16 or older.
0.3 Percent of county residents, 16 or older, who commute to work on a bike.
110 Average number of number of days with precipitation a year.
104 Degrees, hottest day in Charlotte, which happened six times between 1954-2012. Bonus fact: three of those times were on consecutive days between June 29-July 1, 2012. Ugh.)
-5 Degrees, coldest day, three times between 1880 and 1985.
4.3 Inches, the average annual snowfall in Charlotte. (You’re not in the Northeast anymore, people.)
11 White Christmases in 138 years, although seven of those times it was just a trace. So, keep dreaming of a white Christmas —that likely will be the closest you get here. Then again, no shoveling.
Adam Bell is the Observer’s Mecklenburg County reporter. He also covers census trends, among other topics, for the paper.