Union County

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Articles about Union County

  • Charlotte region: Getting older, growing younger

    The nation as a whole is getting older, but variations in population growth and immigration can create big differences in the median age from place to place. The Charlotte region is no exception. While Mecklenburg's median age has risen only marginally, some neighboring counties are getting noticeably older.
  • Charlotte region: Understanding the new diversity

    The rise in the number of Hispanic, Asian and multiracial residents has been the biggest change in population diversity in the Charlotte region for more than a decade. A series of new maps and charts from the institute's researchers highlights the differences among the urban, suburban and rural communities from 2000 to 2011. 
  • The Shuffletown prairie sits under power lines in northwestern Mecklenburg County. Photo: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

    Piedmont prairies offer glimpses of region's distant past

    Only about a dozen of these rare landscapes remain in the Charlotte region, but those that have been protected are doing well, experts say. 
  • How the region is defined depends on who's defining it.

    A region by many other names

    Recent headlines have trumpeted the U.S. Census finding that between 2000 and 2010, the Charlotte “urbanized area” was the nation’s fastest growing among areas with 1 million or more people. But it also highlighted the inconsistent, even chaotic, differences in how the so-called Charlotte region is defined.