Mecklenburg County’s population has been declining for nearly a decade. Last month the state estimated a decline of 1,730 people, a 4.5% loss since the 2010 census. County Administrator Wayne Carter says he’ll wait and see how things work out.
Carter says he’s not sure the loss will be so bad, noting that from 2000 to 2010 no growth was predicted and Mecklenburg added 10%, or 3,000 people. “Now the next time they said we were going to be losing again, instead we gained about another 400 in 2010.”
That said, he noted, the recession, really hit the area hard. Young families moved away for jobs. “For the last 20 years we’ve been a steady decline in school age population.”
People moving to the area, Carter said, are, for the most part, retirees who enjoy the lake. The graying of Mecklenburg has begun.
“There were a lot of second homes here and those people actually moved here. Also in the 2000 to 2010 a lot more people, especially retirees, moved into our area especially prior to the recession.”