Maps

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Charlotte region ages around a youthful core
   June 2, 2011

In 1960, the median age for the United States was 29.5 years, meaning that half the population was older than that, and half was younger.  In the 2010 Census, the median age for the country moved up to 37.2 years, reflecting what many demographers refer to as the “graying of America”.  As with other changing demographics, however, this trend is not occurring evenly.  Some places...

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Census 2010: North Carolina is 6th-fastest growing in U.S.
   May 26, 2011

An examination of the Census 2010 data released so far provides several insights into how North Carolina’s growth compared to other states.  North Carolina was the 6th fastest-growing state in the 2000s at 18.5%, putting it just between Texas and Georgia, and virtually tied with Georgia in growth since the 1990s.  That level of growth was enough to move North Carolina from...

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2010 Census Results: Population distribution and change in North Carolina
   May 26, 2011

 

A summary presentation of population trends related to North Carolina.  Based on Census 2010 preliminary (redistricting) data released in the spring of 2011.

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Census 2010: South Carolina Counties in the Charlotte Region
   May 19, 2011

The recently released South Carolina data from US Census 2010 now allow for a more complete picture of growth in the Charlotte Region in the last decade. The South Carolina counties of Chester, Lancaster and York form the southern flank of the 14-county Charlotte Region. The census data show York County was the second-fastest growing of all South Carolina’s counties since 2000 with a population... Read more


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Alcoa and the Yadkin River: What’s next?
   May 12, 2011
Jeff Michael
Last week, the Appellate Court for the District of Columbia ruled against Alcoa’s petition requesting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceed with issuing the company a new license to continue operating its dams along the Yadkin River. This ruling was not the final determination concerning who will own and operate Alcoa’s dams and reservoirs in the future, but rather just the... Read more


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Census 2010: Mecklenburg patterns of residential segregation
   March 17, 2011

Controversies over school closures in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County over the past year have refocused public attention on issues of race in our community. While the explosive growth of the Hispanic population has been a more recent demographic trend, the issue of residential segregation among blacks and whites has a much longer history in this community, with significant public policy... Read more


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Census 2010: cities and towns in the Charlotte region
   March 11, 2011

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the first set of data from the 2010 Census was released for North Carolina counties, cities, towns, etc., providing the first hard population counts for these areas since 2000.   We know that the Charlotte region as a whole has grown rapidly in the last decade, but how has that growth been distributed among the individual cities and towns in the...

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Map: Explore City Population Change in the Charlotte Region
   March 11, 2011

The map below shows the percent change in population for cities from 2000 to 2010 - the larger the circle, the higher the percent change.  Click on individual cities to see additional population data.  You may pan and zoom the map to see greater detail.  If you have trouble selecting an individual city, you may need to zoom in.

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Measuring the Return on Investment
   January 13, 2011

Bianca Guinn
Today’s public libraries are expected to deliver traditional services in a rapidly changing technological environment . As libraries struggle to maintain high quality programs that are financially sustainable, the impact of the recent recession and the consequent decline in financial support further challenges libraries to find ways to survive while continuing to deliver essential services. Read more


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Research Triangle West: Bringing knowledge production to the western Piedmont
   October 7, 2010
Bill Graves

In the early 1950s the not yet established Research Triangle Park (RTP) was pitched to Governor Luther Hodges as a cluster of “two medical schools, two engineering schools and a core of preeminent researchers in every field of science.”  Hodges response: he called the presenter (a dean at NC State College) a “huckster.”[i...

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