Charleston’s metropolitan area population is swelling at triple the rate of the U.S. average, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance recently announced based on data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual American Community Survey.
The information revealed that on average, the number of individuals who move into the Charleston metro area for the first time — including the three-county region of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester — equals 35 each day.
The Alliance clarified that constituents who may have been under the impression that the number was higher (because of fluctuations in 2014-15) will be in a better position to have an accurate count by realizing that the net figure did not include “new” residents, or babies born during that time period.
“So if you want to include the babies, please say the Charleston metro adds 48 new residents daily,” the Alliance stated. As of 2015, the Charleston Metro Area population stood at 744,546.
With the daily influx, Charleston has become the 75th largest U.S. metropolitan area in population — particularly gaining an advantage with a growing sector of highly educated and young residents. Statistics indicate that while the region is growing at three times the nationwide average, it is experiencing a specific boost in the labor force equivalent to five times the national average.
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