8-16-2019 Survey: Caldwell gaining population

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by admin


August 16, 2019


By Virginia Annable


Jul 28, 2019 12:00 AM


More people have moved to Caldwell County than left in recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, a turnaround from the previous similar set of numbers.


From 2012 to 2016, 3,619 people left Caldwell County and 4,075 moved in, giving Caldwell a net in-migration of more than 450 people, according to information from the American Community Survey that was analyzed by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments for its recent Economic Indicators Newsletter


In the five-year period before that, 2007 to 2011, the numbers were flipped — Caldwell had a net out-migration of 726, according to the ACS.


Alexander and Burke counties both also went from having more people moving out in 2007-11 to having more people moving in in 2012-16, but Caldwell by far had the largest turnaround, said Taylor Dellinger, senior data analyst at the WPCOG.


“What occurred in most of the other counties in the region is we had a turnaround with more people coming in, but especially in Caldwell,” he said.


The change is a good sign for the area, Dellinger said.


“I think it’s a variety of reasons,” he said. “I think the improving economy is definitely a factor, we know there’s a variety of jobs coming into the county.”


A breakdown of the migration estimates for 2012-16 show 1,166 people moving to Caldwell from out of state and 2,677 moving here from other parts of North Carolina, including 192 from Mecklenburg County. Dellinger said it could be people wanting to leave the hustle and bustle of a city.


“It’s the smaller county quality of life sort of thing — the amenities the county has of natural beauty and hiking and biking and more,” Dellinger said.


About 950 people moved from Caldwell to a different state, and 2,669 moved to other parts of North Carolina.


The top destination for people leaving was Pinellas County, Florida, where St. Petersburg is, according to the data.


Overall, the numbers are a strong indicator for Caldwell and the entire region, Dellinger said.


“It’s a good sign,” he said.


Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.

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