A stop sign covered in snow in Uptown Charlotte on January 22, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
You can’t stop people from moving south, and it’s not just during the cold winters up north. People are relocating here all year round. Heck, I did it myself back in 2000. It’s why some of the nation’s fastest growing cities are right here in the southeastern United States. See below. But as the old saying goes, look before you leap.
An Atlanta, Georgia native, who goes by @advicefromdad on TikTok, is offering some advice to anyone considering a move to the South. It mostly has to do with the challenges of our weather, and he’s not wrong. In the video below, the toothpick-chomping man describes the weather we’ve experienced in the South over the last three weeks perfectly; goes on to address our signature summers, pollen and all; and even tosses in a warning about Walmart culture.
Does it feel like traffic keeps getting worse in Charlotte? There’s a very real reason for that. According to WCNC-TV, the Charlotte metropolitan area was recently ranked as one of America’s fastest-growing large metros.
A study by the Inspection Support Network shows the population changes among large, small, and mid-size U.S. metros based on census data to rank the fastest-growing areas across the nation. The Charlotte metro, which also includes Concord and Gastonia, came in at no. 6 on the list for large metros.
From 2016 to 2021, Charlotte’s population grew by 8.1%, or 201,349 people. That brought the total population for the metro to 2,701,046. Where are all these new Charlotteans coming from? The research indicates that the most common point of origin was the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area.
Another North Carolina metropolitan area has been growing even more dramatically. The Raleigh-Cary area was the second-fastest growing metro in the U.S. from 2106 to 2021. Their population went up 11.1%, although the overall population is still much lower than in Charlotte. However, the Raleigh-Cary metro added most of its new residents from nearby areas, such as Durham and Chapel Hill.
Top 10 Fastest-Growing Metros in the U.S. (Inspection Support Network)