Living Here Guide

Numbers help paint portrait of how we live

We’re younger and make more money than the rest of the state – and the rest of the country, for that matter.

We’re twice as likely as people in any other North Carolina county to live in an apartment or condominium. We’re also more crowded than the rest of the state, and we get sunburned a lot.

And if any of this bothers you, you can get out of town in a hurry, because there’s a passenger jet leaving Charlotte Douglas International Airport every 85 seconds.

Those are some of the facts gleaned from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Service, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and other sources. So here’s a numerical look at Mecklenburg County:


Number of air passengers annually at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

990,997 Most recent “official” number of people estimated to be living in the county, as of early 2013 (one expert estimates we cracked the 1 million mark last September).

775,202 Population of Charlotte in 2012 (it was about 300,000 just 35 years ago).

73,298 Seating capacity at Bank of America Stadium.

55,961 Number (in dollars) of median household income. That compares to $46,450 for the state and $53,046 nationally.

19,077 Seating capacity at Time Warner Cable Arena.

5,094 Number of violent crimes in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police coverage area in 2013. Good news – that’s down from 5,234 one year earlier.

1,755.5 Number of people per square mile. That’s far more than the state average of 196.1 and the national average of 87.3.

890 Highest elevation, in feet. It’s a spot near West Sugar Creek Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard in north Charlotte. In the surrounding counties, the highest elevation is 1,690 feet at Kings Mountain in Cleveland County.

871 Elevation, in feet, of the tallest building: the Bank of America Corporate Center.

498 Number of bridges in the county. Wake County is first, with 618.

104 Charlotte’s hottest temperature on record, reached six times – including three straight days in 2012. The record was set and equalized Sept. 6, 1954; Aug. 9, 2007; Aug. 20, 2007; June 29, 2012; June 30, 2012; and July 1, 2012.

96.39 Percentage of population growth during the past decade in Indian Trail, in western Union County. It was among the 10 fastest-growing municipalities in the country.

85 Number of seconds between flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. That’s between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

79.1 Average age of people named Margaret who died in 2012, making them the oldest. Mary was second, at 78.2, followed by George at 73.8.

33.4 Median age, compared to 37.4 years nationally.

59.7 Percentage of white residents in the county. That compares to 71.7 percent in the state and 77 percent nationally.

32.1 Percentage of African American residents.

12.6 Percentage of Latino residents in the county.

30.9 Percentage of residents living in apartments or townhouses. That’s almost double the state average and well ahead of the 25.9 percent figure for the country.

24.7 Average commuting time (in minutes). That compares to 23.4 in North Carolina and 25.4 nationally.

22.6 Number of inches of snow in Charlotte’s snowiest winter, 1959-60.

22.5 Percentage of churchgoers affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Second, at 17.8 percent, is Roman Catholic.

17.4 Number of inches of snow that fell in Charlotte’s biggest snowstorm: Feb. 14-17, 1902.

14 Mecklenburg County’s ranking nationally in number of people who are sunburned each year.

7 The half hour when the largest percentage of us leave for work. Actually, 16.9 percent leave between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Next-highest is 13.4 percent, between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

6.88 Inches of rain that fell July 23, 1997, as Tropical Storm Jerry came through. It was Charlotte’s rainiest day on record.

2.52 Number of persons per household. That compares to 2.51 in North Carolina but 2.61 for the nation.

-5 Coldest temperature, reached three times: Dec. 30, 1880; Feb. 14, 1899; and Jan. 21, 1985.