A lot of folks say Charlotte is no New York or Los Angeles when it comes to diversity. That’s true, but I got to tell you it's changing everyday.
Approximately 1 out of 8 Mecklenburg County residents was born in another country, based on the latest Census figures.
More than 120 different languages are spoken in Charlotte. The city is represented by residents from 150 countries.
Immigrants have driven much of the recent growth in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Since 1990, more than 320,000 people have moved to the area, according to census data. Many were laborers and professionals attracted by affordable homes and open jobs in construction, high-technology, and banking.
The changes have been so great that The Levine Museum of the New South decided to dedicate a year-long exhibit to how Charlotte has become a magnet for newcomers from around the globe.
Exhibit organizers say future historians may look to Charlotte as an example of how the United States addresses issues of growth and community in the early 21st century.
While the majority of immigrants come from Latin America and Asia, a recent report by the Center for an Urban Future noted that many of the newcomers made stops in the Northeast before landing in Charlotte.
Most immigrants came from these five countries.
* Mexico 23,203
* India 6,049
* El Salvador 5,388
* Vietnam 4,888
* China 3,110