This is the Reason Why North Carolina Have So Many Big Cities
After the Civil War, cities all over the US grew quickly. Cities in the North Central states, like Chicago, grew even faster as more people moved there and factories were built. Cities grew very quickly in North Carolina. Before the war, there were only four towns in the state with at least 2,500 people. (That’s a very small town now.) There were more than forty by 1910.
People who lived in towns were asked a lot of questions during the 1890 US Census. This table shows how many towns had 10,000 or more people on June 1, 1890, and how those numbers and percentages had grown since 1880. With these excerpts, you can see how North Carolina’s cities are growing in relation to the rest of the country and the area.
Not surprisingly, the growth of towns and businesses in North Carolina went hand in hand. You can see below a table that shows how many nonwhite people lived in rural and urban areas of North Carolina counties in 1900. Pay close attention to the numbers of nonwhite people living in cities and rural areas. In North Carolina in the late 1800s, were African Americans and American Indians more or less likely to move to cities than white people? What do you think that was?
In the past few years, North Carolina’s population has grown very quickly. Two of the state’s large areas are now on track to become some of the biggest in the country. A moving technology company called moveBuddha did some research and came up with a list of the 25 U.S. places that will likely have the most people in 2100, based on how people are moving now.
The list was made using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and the growth rates from 2010 to 2020 for all U.S. metro areas with more than 250,000 residents. The goal was to predict which will be the largest cities in the U.S. in 2100. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia came in at number 13, higher than Las Vegas, Chicago, and San Francisco. As the study shows, the metro area’s population grew from 2,250,187 to 2,684,276 people in 10 years, which is a 19.29% growth rate. It is thought that there will be 11.01 million people living in the world in 2100.
It’s not just the Charlotte metro that was on the list of what are likely to be the 25 biggest metros in the country. The city of Raleigh-Cary came in 20th, ahead of Boston, Nashville, and Philadelphia. The study found that the metro got 24.88% more people between 2010 and 2020, going from 1,137,386 people to 1,420,376 people. There will likely be 8.4 million people living in the area by 2100.
The study shows that by the year 2000, Texas will have the three biggest towns in the world. The study says, “Texas may be where America’s future lies.” “Moving forward, moveBuddha thinks that by 2100, Dallas, Houston, and Austin will be the most populous cities in the country, replacing New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.”
Here is a list of the other metro areas that made the top 10 and how many people were living in them in 2100:
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: 33.91M
- Houston, TX: 31.38M
- Austin, TX: 22.29M
- Phoenix, AZ: 22.27M
- New York City, NY: 20.81M
- Atlanta, GA: 18.37M
- Los Angeles, CA: 15.5M
- Washington-Arlington, DC-VA: 14.97M
- Orlando, FL: 14.17M
- Miami, FL: 13.78M