Lancaster County

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Learn about the county and its relationship to the region.

Articles about Lancaster County

  • Providence Road and I-485. Photo Nancy Pierce

    What they said about Charlotte’s outerbelt

    Charlotte leaders have been talking about the outerbelt, Interstate 485, for decades. While most residents were concerned primarily with what it would mean for drive times, planners and others spent time contemplating the highway's effect on the area's growth. A sampling of comments over the years.
  • St. Johns Forest subdivision on N.C. 84 in Union County touts the county's low taxes and "good schools." Photo: Nancy Pierce

    Some suburbs facing the dilemma of high growth vs. low taxes

    In cities and counties surrounding Charlotte, tensions are swirling over rapid residential growth and – especially – how to pay for it. Can their low tax rates support urban services new residents want? (Explore interactive maps.)
  • Charlotte Regional Indicators: New look, new function

    Our Regional Indicators website now has a new home on the institute’s main website. You’ll find all the data that was on the previous site, but with improved functionality and a new look.
  • Big urban gains, rural losses in the Carolinas

    Since 2010, the home counties of Charlotte and Raleigh have accounted for nearly half of all population growth in North Carolina. Just 10 N.C. counties tallied nearly 80 percent of the state's increased population. (Image: John Chesser, Tableau maps)