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home : news : news October 19, 2021

8/16/2021 4:40:00 AM
Census

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


The figures are in. The Census Bureau released its report on the 2020 Census last Thursday (Aug. 12th). While much of the information is yet to be released, thanks to Carolina Demography, we can provide readers with the following:

  • North Carolina grew by 9.5% over the last decade
  • Between 2010 and 2020, North Carolina’s population grew from 9,535,483 to 10,439,483, an increase of 903,905 or 9.5%.
  • Over this same period, 51 North Carolina counties lost population and 49 grew.

Wake County is now officially bigger than Mecklenburg County

  • Wake County officially surpassed Mecklenburg to become the most populous county in North Carolina.
  • Mecklenburg County grew from 919,611 to 1,115,482...a 21.3% increase; but Wake County grew from 900,779 to 1,129,410...a 25.4% increase.

Otherwise, the five largest counties in North Carolina in 2020 were also the five largest in 2010:

  • Wake: 1,129,410
  • Mecklenburg: 1,115,482
  • Guilford: 541,299
  • Forsyth: 382,590
  • Cumberland: 334,728

Both Wake and Mecklenburg are more than twice as populous as Guilford, the state’s third largest county. Wake, Mecklenburg, and Guilford grew faster than the state over the decade while Forsyth and Cumberland grew more slowly.

Tyrrell County remains the least populous county in NC. The five smallest NC counties in 2020 are the same as in 2010:

  • Tyrrell: 3,245
  • Hyde: 4,589
  • Graham: 8,030
  • Jones: 9,172
  • Camden: 10,355

The five fastest-growing counties in North Carolina from 2010-2020 were:

  • Johnston: 27.9%
  • Brunswick: 27.2%
  • Cabarrus: 26.8%
  • Wake: 25.4%
  • Durham: 21.4%

51 counties in North Carolina lost population over the decade. Among them was Burke County, which lost population from 90,770 in 2010 to 87,570 in 2020--a 3.5% decrease.

Among counties in our area:

  • Union County grew from 201,303 to 238,267...an 18.4% increase
  • Cabarrus County grew from 177,936 to 225,804,,, 26.9% increase
  • York County, SC grew from 226,067 to 282,090...a 24.8% increase
  • Burke County lost population...from 90,770 in 2010 to 87,570 in 2020...a 3.5% decrease
  • Iredell County grew from 159,424 to 186,693...a 17.1% increase

Locally, the increase in population was smallest in Cleveland, biggest in Gaston:

  • Lincoln 77,917 to 86,810, an 11.4% increase
  • Gaston 156,855 to 177,846, a 13.4% increase
  • Catawba 154,861 to 160,610, a 3.7% increase
  • Cleveland 98,056 to 99,519, a 1.5% increase

Statewide, both those describing themselves as 'white' and those who called themselves 'black' lost in percentage of the total state population:

  • White percentage decreased from 68.5% to 62.2%
  • Black percentage decreased from 21.5% to 20.5%
  • Asian percentage increased from 2.2% to 3.3%
  • Multi-racial increased from 2.2% to 6.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino (all races) increased from 8.4% to 10.7%

Among local counties:

Race percentages:

  • Lincoln blacks from 5.6% to 5.2%, multi-racial
  • frm 1.6% to 6.4%, white 89.3% to 83.8%
  • Gaston blacks from 14.1% to 16.7%, multi-racial from 1.1% to 5.3%, white 78.2% to 68.8%
  • Catawba blacks from 8.4% to 8.0%, multi-racial from 1.9% to 7.0%, white 81.8% to 74.1%
  • Cleveland blacks from 20.7% to 20.3%, multi-racial from 1.5% to 5.1%, white 75.6% to 71.4%

Ethnicity:
Hispanic or Latino--

  • Lincoln from 6.7% to 7.4%
  • Gaston from 4.8% to 7.3%
  • Catawba from 8.4% to 10.8%
  • Cleveland from 2.8% to 4.1%

What about the building boom? All four local counties showed growth.

HOUSING UNITS:

  • Lincoln 33,481 to 37,170--an 11% increase
  • Gaston 88,696 to 98,136--a 10.6% increase
  • Catawba 68,113 to 70,744--a 3.8% increase
  • Cleveland 43,362 to 43,630--less than a 1% increase

The city of Lincolnton grew 5.8%, from 10,486 to 11,091.
As a percentage of the city's total population,

  • blacks grew from 1,433 to 1,510--5.4% (note: those claiming two or more races increased by 238%, from 292 to 987
  • Hispanic/Latino fell from 1,683 to 1,542--a decline of 8.4%
  • Gastonia grew by 12.1% to 80,411
  • Shelby grew by 7..8% to 21,918
  • Maiden grew by 12.9% to 3,736
  • Dallas grew by 32.1% to 5,927
  • Stanley grew by 11.4% to 3,963
  • Mount Holly grew by 29.6% to 17,703
  • Belmont grew by 49.0% to 15,010
  • Cherryville grew by 5.5% to 6,078
  • Newton grew by 1.4% to 13,148
  • Conover grew by 3.1% to 8,421
  • High Shoals lost 14.5% of its population, now 595
  • Kings Mountain grew by 8.2% to 11,142

In Lincoln County, it was no surprise that East Lincoln was the fastest growing area:

  • Catawba Springs township grew by 33.0%, from
  • 22,548 to 29,981
  • Ironton township grew by 6.5% to 22,088
  • Lincolnton township lost 0.5% of its population--
  • from 20,145 to 20,038
  • Howards Creek township grew by 1.0% to 9,080
  • North Brook township lost 3.7% of its population--from 5,840 to 5,623

North Carolina, now the nation's ninth largest state, is one of six states that get one or more new seats in Congress.  Texas will gain two seats, and Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, and Montana will each gain one seat. Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, California, and West Virginia will each lose one seat.

North Carolina legislators will begin the process of redrawing the state’s 14 Congressional districts, 50 state senate districts, and 120 state house districts based on the new figures.  

Exactly where the new US Congress seat district will be located is one major consideration.  As for NC House and NC Senate seats:

  • The “ideal district size” for NC House seats will be 86,995 and can range between 82,645 and 91,345. That means distict 97, Lincoln County, won't likely change.
  • The ideal district size for NC Senate seats will be 208,788 and can range between 198,348 and 219,227. The figures suggest that the Lincoln/Cleveland district that includes two townships in Gaston, is also likely to remain.  

Our apology that we were unable to release this information on Thursday (Aug. 12th), the first day it became available.  We spent the weekend 'crunching numbers.'  The figures may change slightly, but not much as more information is made available.  




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