u01a1 Select and Define a Major Urban Area – Charlotte, North Carolina HIS1000 - Immigrants in the American City
Professor Jennifer Worley
October 14, 2011
As a consultant for Americans Can Do Better Now (ACDBN), I have been tasked with reviewing and analyzing the history, customary cultures, and economic atmosphere of Charlotte, North Carolina. According the United States Census Bureau, the population of Charlotte was approximately 704,000 with nearly 97,000 considered foreign born – with nearly 48,000 entering the United States within the last 11 years (US Census, 2011). Over the past decade, Charlotte has experienced an ethnic change within the city as there has been an increase in the Hispanic or Latino population and a decrease of the population of white. From 2000 to 2009, the Hispanic population increased from 39,800 to 86,941 – an increase of over 55% within this group and gaining an increase of more than 5% in the overall population of the city. The White population increased only slightly from 297,845 to 337,106 – though an increase of 15% but losing more than 7% in the overall population of the city. The remainder of the ethnic groups for the city – Black, Asian, American Indian, Two or more races and Other Race alone – increased slightly but remained relatively low in comparison to the Hispanic population for the same time frame. This also appears to be the trend in the state of North Carolina as well. The Hispanic population has increased by nearly 47% in the same noted time frame (Charlotte, NC, City-Data.com, n.d). Prior to the last 10 years, the population of Charlotte, as well as North Carolina, was primarily Caucasian and African-American. As Olsen & Beal (2010) note, there are nearly 40 million Hispanic-Americans currently residing in the United States. Additionally, they also state nearly 30 million people of Mexican descent – legal and illegal – reside within the United States (p. 264). Regarding the current...