Mecklenburg County, North Carolina – Information

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina – InformationLocated in the U.S. state of North Carolina, the population increased to 990,977 as of the 2013 estimate, making it both the most populated and densely populated county in North Carolina. Its county seat and largest city is Charlotte.

Mecklenburg County History

Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County. It was named in commemoration of the marriage of King George III to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, for whom the county seat Charlotte is named.

Due to unsure boundaries, a large part of south and western Mecklenburg County extended into areas that would later form part of the state of South Carolina. In 1768, most of this area (the part of Mecklenburg County west of the Catawba River) was designated Tryon County, North Carolina.

Determining the final boundaries of these “western” areas between North and South Carolina was a decades-long process. In 1792 the northeastern part of Mecklenburg County was taken for Cabarrus County. Finally, in 1842 the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County was combined with the western part of Anson County to become Union County.