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1.54 Million

The population within CRTPO’s region is approximately 1.54 million as of the 2020 census, making its population the largest of any MPO in the state.

1,206 ppl/Sq Mi

CRTPO’s population density is 1,206 persons/square mile, as of the 2010 Census.

1,559.4 Sq Mi

The total area contained within CRTPO’s planning region is 1,559.4 square miles.

667.9 sq mi

CRTPO is part of the Charlotte urban area (UZA). The UZA is 667.9 square miles and has a population of 1,379,873 (2020 Census)

27 Voting Members

CRTPO currently consists of 27 voting members and 5 non-voting members.

27.33 Minutes

Average mean travel time to work in the CRTPO Planning Area.

Planning, Design & Development Department

The Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department is the lead planning agency for CRTPO.

Four MPOs and Two RPOs

CRTPO is one of the four MPOs and two RPOs that make up the Charlotte Regional Alliance for Transportation (CRAFT).


CRTPO is considered a Transportation Management Area (TMA) because its population exceeds 200,000.

Two NCDOT Divisions

The entirety of CRTPO is within Division 10 and Division 12 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).


The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the North Carolina State Highway Commission adopted the first formal Memorandum of Understanding in 1965, which defined a transportation planning process for Charlotte-Mecklenburg MPO.

1990 and 2010

Union County became a part of the Charlotte area MPO after the 1990 census due to an expansion of the Charlotte Urban Area into parts of Union County; Iredell County became a part of the Charlotte area after the 2010 census due to parts of the Charlotte Urban Area expanding into parts of Iredell County.  (Hence the transition from the Mecklenburg-Union MPO to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization.)