Upstate Reality Check
How Are We Growing?
Since the 1930s, the 10-county Upstate region has seen steady population growth. From a population of 545,974 in 1930, the region eclipsed 800,000 residents in 1970 and exceeded the one million mark in the 1990 census. In 2009, nearly 1.36 million people called the Upstate home and there were roughly 740,000 Upstate residents in the workforce.
If current projections are realized, by 2030 the region will have more than 1.6 million residents and one million jobs.
In April 2009, Ten at the Top and the Urban Land Institute sponsored the Upstate Reality Check, which brought together more than 400 leaders from across the region to identify potential land use patterns that might be preferred by residents in the Upstate.