Since 2000, Greater Charlotte’s foreign-born population has increased by 118+%. One in six residents of Mecklenburg County (where Charlotte is located) are foreign-born. More than 230,000 foreign-born people live in the Charlotte metro area and approximately 23% of residents speak a non-English language.
Five countries account for 47% of Charlotte area’s foreign-born population — Mexico, India, Viet Nam, El Salvador, Honduras. India has become the second largest source of foreign-born residents, having grown an astounding 451% between 2000 and 2016. 14% of the Greater Charlotte’s residents are Hispanic; 7% are Asian.
Some 1,000 companies from 45 countries are based or headquartered in the Greater Charlotte area, employing over 82,000 people. German firms account for 217 of these companies, employing over 22,000 people. And then there are 600 firms that are Chinese, Japanese, British, French and Italian.
No doubt about it… Charlotte has become a major global hub in the past 20 years. The influx of immigrants has led to the rise of ethnic markets where people could find familiar foods, as well as where adventurous Charlotteans could explore new cuisines.