Cabarrus County’s population is up over 18 percent from 2010, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The bureau recently released county population estimates for 2018, and the county’s numbers have steadily increased since 2010.
The report says the census estimates in 2010 had the county’s population at 178,087. The estimate for 2018 as of July 1 is 211,342. That is an 18.38 percent growth.
Other counties in the area that showed growth include Mecklenburg which grew from 923,258 in 2010 to 1,093,901. Iredell County was also up from 159,768 in 2010 to 178,435.
Rowan County’s population also grew from 138,532 to 141,262, which is a 2.09 percent increase since 2010.
According to the bureau, estimates show counties in the South and West lead the nation in population growth.
By metropolitan area, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, had the largest numeric growth with a gain of 131,767 (1.8 percent) in 2018, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. with an increase of 96,268 (2.0 percent). Migration, both domestic and international, as well as natural increase contributed to the growth in each of these areas, with natural increase serving as the largest source of population growth in Dallas and domestic migration serving as the largest source in Phoenix.
“One interesting trend we are seeing this year is that metro areas not among the most populous are ranked in the top 10 for population growth,” said Sandra Johnson, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. “Though no new metro areas moved into the top 10 largest areas, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, and Orlando all experienced numeric increases in population since 2010, rivaling growth in areas with much larger populations. This trend is consistent with the overall growth we are seeing in the south and the west.”
Among counties with a population of 20,000 or more, Williams County, N.D., was the fastest-growing county by percentage, increasing by 5.9 percent between 2017 and 2018 (from 33,395 to 35,350). The rapid growth Williams County, N.D., experienced was due mainly to net domestic migration (1,471) in 2018. The county also grew between 2017 and 2018 by natural increase (427) and international migration (52).
Of the other nine fastest-growing counties, all experienced positive domestic migration.
All but Brunswick, N.C., and Hood, Texas, experienced growth through natural increase (having more births than deaths), and only Brunswick, N.C., had negative net international migration.