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The 2000 Census showed that Mecklenburg County had a population of 695,454 people. This represented 8.64% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Mecklenburg had a population of 913,639 people. This is an increase of 31.37% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010919,628+32.23%+0.66% since 2009
2009913,639+31.37%+2.37% since 2008
2008892,456+28.33%+3.11% since 2007
2007865,573+24.46%+3.81% since 2006
2006833,791+19.89%+4.16% since 2005
2005800,486+15.1%+3.36% since 2004
2004774,432+11.36%+2.57% since 2003
2003755,018+8.56%+2.37% since 2002
2002737,512+6.05%+2.29% since 2001
2001720,968+3.67%+3.67% since 2000
2000695,454The Last Census

Mecklenburg County had 292,780 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Mecklenburg County has a total area<3> of 546 square miles [1,414 km²]. Of this total, 526 square miles [1,363 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.65%) being water (19.94 square miles [51.7 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Mecklenburg County had a population density of 1,321 people per square mile [510 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in North Carolina.

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Mecklenburg County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Mecklenburg and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Mecklenburg County QuickFact (QF-37119).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Mecklenburg County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Mint HillQF-374348020,64714,92238.37%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Mecklenburg County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CabarrusQF-37025   NE172,223131,06331.4%
GastonQF-37071   W208,958190,3659.77%
IredellQF-37097   N158,153122,66028.94%
LincolnQF-37109   NW76,04363,78019.23%
UnionQF-37179   SE198,645123,67760.62%
Lancaster (SC)QF-45057   S77,76761,35126.76%
York (SC)QF-45091   SW227,003164,61437.9%

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Census QuickFact for Mecklenburg County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Mecklenburg. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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