STEELE CREEK NEWS
Rapid Steele Creek Population Growth is Expected to Continue
2017) According to estimates compiled by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Planning Department and the Charlotte Regional Transportation
Planning Organization, the population of Steele Creek was
60,587 in 2015, an increase of 8,573 over the 2010 census count of 52,014.
They project Steele Creek's population to increase to 140,917 by
The 2010 census counts show
that the population of Steele Creek
increased by 26,732, or 106%, from the 2000 census count of 25,282. Mecklenburg
County grew by 32% from 695,454 in 2000 to 919,628 2010, so Steele Creek had been
growing at a rate three times that of the county as a whole during
that decade. Estimates for 2015
show a slower rate of population increase from 2010 to 2015, but
population is projected to increase by more than 25,000 in each of
the next three decades.
The population of
Steele Creek is increasing because more people are moving in than
are moving out. As any Steele Creek resident knows, many of our
neighbors are moving south to York County, so the number of people
moving into Steele Creek is even greater than the counts would
The chart below shows
the population of Steele Creek calculated from 2000 and 2010 census
block counts, and population, housing, and employment counts tallied
from estimates and projectsions by traffic analysis zones.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department/Charlotte Regional
The map below shows
population density by traffic analysis zones in Steele Creek.
Traffic analysis zones are small areas used for transportation and
other planning purposes.
estimates and projections in the table above were derived by summing
the counts for the traffic analysis zones in Steele Creek. The green line
on the map is the
boundary for Steele Creek used by this web site. The northwestern
boundary of Steele Creek follows the northern boundary of Steele Creek Township.
Since traffic analysis zone boundaries do not use the township line,
the counts for 2015 through 2045 cover a slightly larger area that
this web site's boundary for Steele Creek.
The map also shows
the locations of residential addresses from Mecklenburg County's
Master Address Table as of April 14, 2017. The map mirepresents
apartment buildings and other multi-unit structures, since there is
only one address point for each basic street address rather than one
dot for each unit.
The map clearly shows the nonresidential
swath along Westinghouse Boulevard that splits Steele Creek's two
major residential clusters. One residential cluster stretches from
South Tryon Street through neighborhoods along Sandy Porter Road and
Brown-Grier Road, continuing across Steele Creek Road to the
Planning is ongoing
on how to
develop the area bounded by I-485, Sandy Porter Road, Brown-Grier
Road, and Steele Creek Road (excluding the school campuses) with
residential and commercial uses. Areas northeast of I-485 likely will lose
population as residential areas near the airport convert to
industrial or office uses. Areas west of I-485 will see growth as
part of the planned River District development, excluding the
Berewick Regional Park.
The other cluster is
south of the Westinghouse industrial corridor, with the highest
densities east of Shopton Road West and west of Carowinds Boulevard.
Areas with potential for future development include the area south
of Sledge Road and the area southeast of RiverGate. Areas west of Shopton Road West (excluding McDowell Nature
Preserve), Youngblood Road, and Zoar Road have lower densities and
have potential for growth.
The two maps below
show population distribution based on census block counts from the
2000 and 2010 censuses, with each dot representing 10 persons.
Click on the map
above for a description of the 2010 census population of Steele
Click on the map
above for a description of the 2000 census population of Steele
four maps below show the population estimates (2015) and projections
(2025-2045) for traffic analysis zones in Steele Creek. The 2015
estimate forms the basis for the projections.
Projections are based
primarily on Community Type Category (Industrial, Single Family,
etc), Development Status of Land (Undeveloped, Underdeveloped,
Developed), and attraction factors. However, they don't always
reflect actual conditions. For example, traffic analysis zone #1831
(northeast of I-485 and northwest of Steele Creek Road) shows a 2015
estimate of 263 and a 2045 projection of 4512. This would seem
logical based on the fact that it is primarily single family
residential and is mostly undeveloped or underdeveloped. But the
airport is in the process of buying the homeowners out and has plans
to convert this area to industrial. It is more likely to decrease in
population than increase 1600%. Projections for individual traffic
analysis zones may be inaccurate if local factors are not taken into
consideeration, but generally this should be a good indicator of
where and how much growth should occur over the next 30 years.
for 2015 show more workers in Steele Creek than residents, which is
not surprising since the Westinghouse coridor is one of the major
employment centers in the county. Projections show a greater rate of
increase in population than employment, but the projections may not
factor in the amount of additional industrial and office development
expected in the area south of the airport.
has been said that the Westinghouse industrial corridor is the
second largest employment center in Mecklenburg County behind
Uptown. However, the University City area also has significant
employment. The determination of which is larger depends on what
traffic analysis zones are included in each area, but it appears
that the Westinghouse corridor has a few thousand more workers.
Nonetheless, Steele Creek Residents are well aware of the heavy
traffic patterns on I-485 heading into Steele Creek in the mornings
and out of Steele Creek in the afternoons.
Steele Creek is
developing rapidly and still has enough vacant land for the
population and employment to continue growing over the next three
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