New to area? Or just don’t know much about your home city? Here are some quick facts about Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
The data was pulled from a number of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, National Weather Service, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
1,012,539 – Mecklenburg County’s 2014 population. Mecklenburg is home to about 10 percent of North Carolina’s population.
$55,444 – County’s median household income, compared to the state’s median household income of $46,334.
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24.7 – Mean commute time for workers in Mecklenburg.
15.4 – Percentage of Mecklenburg County residents who fall below the poverty line. In North Carolina, 17.5 percent of residents live in poverty.
19.7 – Percentage of Charlotte residents who speak a language other than English at home. Spanish is the most popular.
88 – Percentage of Charlotteans 25 years or older who hold a high school degree or higher. The state’s rate is 85 percent.
298 – Size of Charlotte in square miles. Charlotte is more than two times larger than Philadelphia (134 square miles), nearly five times larger than Washington, D.C. (61 square miles) and more than six times larger than Boston (48 square miles).
2,457 – People in Charlotte per square mile. That’s far more than the state average of just 196 people.
295,223 – Households in Charlotte, 56 percent of which are occupied by owners – not renters.
$301,868 – Charlotte’s average home sales price in 2014. That is well below the price in Davidson, which averaged $487,322.
101,774 – Students taking higher education courses in Charlotte in the fall of 2013.
85,000 – Calls for service the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department receives each year on average.
53 – Homicides in Charlotte last year, up from 42 in 2013.
170,000 – Pets (dogs and cats) registered with CMPD since 2010. “Bella” is the most popular name for dogs and cats.
150,000 – City-maintained trees that line Charlotte’s streets. Many around the uptown areas are century-old willow oaks.
15,000 – Apartment inspections performed by Mecklenburg County staff in 2014. Can you say building boom?
13,134 – New jobs in Charlotte in 2014.
2,200 – Charlotte restaurants county staff inspected in 2014.
159 – Nonstop service destinations from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. That includes 38 international destinations.
70 – Local, regional and express bus routes in Charlotte.
14 inches – Charlotte’s greatest single-day snowfall on record, which took place Feb. 15, 1902. In all, the storm dumped 17.4 inches on Charlotte.
-5 – Coldest temperature measured in Charlotte. Temperatures reached -5 three times: 1880, 1899 and 1985.
Gavin Off is the Observer’s data reporter.