Population 2010

919,628

Population 2020

1,115,482

Registered Voters

567,053

Republicans

179,211

Democrat

378,107

Minor Party

9,735

No Party

Municipalities

City Name Population
Charlotte874,579
Cornelius24,866
Davidson10,944
Huntersville61,376
Matthews27,198
Mint Hill27,222
Pineville10,602 
Stallings13,831
Weddington9,459

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

Assessor

County Commission

Chairman George Dunlap
Vice-Chairman Elaine Powell
Commissioner Laura J. Meier
Commissioner Leigh Altman
Commissioner Mark Jerrell
Commissioner Pat Cotham
Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell
Commissioner Vilma D. Leake

School Board

At large - ChairpersonElyseC. Dashew
At large - Member Lenora Sanders Shipp
At large - Member Jennifer De La Jara
Student Advisor Juan Torres Muñoz
District 1 Rhonda Cheek
District 2 - Vice Chairperson Thelma Byers-Bailey
District 3 Dr. Ruby M. Jones
District 4Carol Sawyer
District 5Margaret Marshall
District 6 Sean Strain

Brief Political History

Prior to 1928, Mecklenburg County was strongly Democratic, similar to most counties in the Solid South. For most of the time from 1928 to 2000, it was a bellwether county, only voting against the national winner in 1960 and 1992. For most of the second half of the 20th century, it leaned Republican in most presidential elections. From 1952 to 2000, a Democrat only won a majority of the county's vote twice, in 1964 and 1976; Bill Clinton only won a slim plurality in 1996.

However, it narrowly voted for John Kerry in 2004 even as he lost both North Carolina and the election. It swung hard to Barack Obama in 2008, giving him the highest margin for a Democrat in the county since Franklin D. Roosevelt's landslides. Obama's margin in Mecklenburg was enough for him to narrowly win the state. It voted for Obama by a similar margin in 2012, and gave equally massive wins to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. Since 2008, Mecklenburg County has been one of the most Democratic urban counties in the South and the third-strongest Democratic bastion in the I-85 Corridor, behind only Orange and Durham counties.

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