How Fast is Charleston's population Growing?
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance updated their population growth analysis blog to include the latest Census Data. As of 2017, the Charleston SC Metro Area population is 775,831, growing at 3X the U.S. population average.
The official number of new people moving (net new arrivals) into the Charleston metro is: 28 people a day. These numbers reflect the in-migration into the three-county region: Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.
You might have heard 38, based on the population change between 2016-2017, however; this statistic includes the number of ‘net’ new births of 10 each day. So if you want to include the babies, the Charleston metro adds 38 new residents daily.
Air Cargo Activities Soar
The Charleston Post & Courier reports that air cargo is on the rise as the region attracts more industries and businesses. Freight by plane climbed nearly 36 percent over the past five years, according to Charleston County Aviation Authority, which oversees the airport.
Air freight shipments have expanded so much that Paul Campbell, airport CEO said FedEx recently moved to two flights a day at Charleston International.
Last year, Charleston International saw a 12 percent rise over 2016 in the amount of items shipped in and out by air. Through the first four months of 2018, air cargo approached 30 million pounds, or more than 38 percent of all of the 76.8 million pounds that arrived and departed at the state's busiest terminal last year. At that rate, another record will be set in 2018.
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