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Population Doubles in Steele Creek Since 2000, Study Shows

(August 16, 2008) The Charlotte Department of Neighborhood Development recently released results from the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte conducts every two years.

The study evaluates social, crime, physical, and economic conditions in Charlotte's neighborhoods and is used by local government to evaluate neighborhood conditions and make changes to improve neighborhood vitality.

The Neighborhood Quality of Life Study divides the City and its future annexation areas into 173 Neighborhood Statistical Areas (NSAs).  The study examines 20 neighborhood variables in each NSA mostly collected from local databases maintained by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  The research converts the individual statistical values into NSA neighborhood-ranking categories of stable, transitioning, or challenged.

As the map to the right shows, NSAs in Steele Creek are classified as stable or transitioning. No NSAs have changed in classification since the 2006 study, but two (100 and 105) have trended up since 2002. See more results on the city's Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life web page. The study excludes non-residential areas, although the new Ayrsley development is in the excluded area.

What the study report fails to note is the one big change that is occurring in Steele Creek: the population is booming. The 2000 study showed a total population of about 20,900 in Steele Creek. The population reported in the 2008 study is about 41,500, an increase of about 100% in eight years.

The table below shows population reported for the six NSAs entirely within Steele Creek and uses one half of the reported population for the three NSAs partly within Steele Creek.

Population Counts for NSAs in  Steele Creek
NSA Study Years
2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
100 (50%) 968 753 881 1497 1465
101 2484 2982 3743 5125 5355
102 3233 4122 4536 4537 4442
103 1892 3001 3492 4136 4515
104 2278 4052 5337 6753 7247
105 2122 1897 1972 2176 3120
106 2694 3114 5359 6854 8192
107 (50%) 2036 1546 1639 1602 2313
199 (50%) 3173 3224 4099 4867 4907
Total Population 20880 24691 31058 37547 41557

Decreases reported in NSAs 100 and 107 earlier in the decade likely resulted from removal of housing due to airport expansion and noise abatement buyouts. Significant growth has occurred recently in the Berewick and Stowe Creek developments, which are in the southern end of NSA 107 and likely account for almost all the growth in that NSA.

However, the total population of Steele Creek from the 2000 Census was 25,282, so these counts likely are low, and the population of Steele Creek likely is closer to 50,000.

Nonetheless, the population counts in the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study confirm what is apparent: the residential population of Steele Creek is increasing at a very rapid rate. New retail and service businesses have been following the influx of people. New houses, apartments, and condominiums continue to fill the former dairy farms and other open spaces in Steele Creek. Population continues to move to Charlotte, and  Steele Creek still has plenty of land available. So growth will continue for many years.


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