Learn about the county and its relationship to the region
Introduction: Lancaster is a unique county within the Charlotte region, if for no other reason than its unusual geographic configuration and the corresponding diversity of economic and cultural experiences...
In the Carolinas, only Charlotte’s metro area tops 2 million people. Raleigh is roughly half Charlotte’s size at 1.2 million. These two metros have pulled away from the pack of the other Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the Carolinas; no others top 1 million in population. Ten years ago, the metros in the two states were surprisingly different.
In January, the Charlotte metro area population was 1.8 million people. In February, the metro area population was 2.3 million. Where did the half-million people come from? New boundaries were drawn for metropolitan statistical areas.