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Did You Know These About Charlotte?

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Charlotte offers an array of outdoor recreational pursuits, several culinary offerings, vibrant nightlife, diverse shopping, lively arts and cultural scene, and professional sports. The city has a high quality of life, low unemployment rate, and a pleasant weather year-round, thus making it a great destination to live and enjoy. Did you know that Charlotte has a rich and unique history going back to the mid-1700s?

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Charlotte's Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte and second largest city in the South-eastern US.

  • Charlotte is the seventeenth largest city in the US on the basis of population.

  • Charlotte’s elevation is 870 feet above seas level.

  • The ethnic composition of Charlotte include Non-Hispanic white-45.1%, Asian American-5.0%, African or Black American-35.0%, Latino or Hispanic American-13.1%, Native American-0.5%, Other Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian-0.1%, other races-6.8%, and two or more races-2.7%.

  • In Charlotte, the median income for a household is $48,670, and the family median income is $59,452.

Charlotte's History Fast Facts

  • Charlotte was named after the wife of England’s King George III, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

  • In 1768 Charlotte was formed as a city.

  • In 1774, Charlotte made the county seat.

  • In1999 Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) was established.

  • In 1799 many immigrants were drawn to the area because of the discovery of large gold piece. It then became the country’s first gold rush.

Charlotte's Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Charlotte government is structured as a council-manager system.

  • Charlotte is the major United States financial center.

  • Charlotte is the second largest banking hub in the US.

  • The country’s top banks- the Bank of America and the Wachovia have headquarters in this city.

  • Charlotte has a low cost of living than the national average.

  • Charlotte has abundant employment opportunities.

  • Charlotte is regarded as one of the US most livable cities. The city has low crime rate and affordable housing market.

  • Charlotte is the key center in the United States motorsports industry.

  • Charlotte is the home to some of the Fortune 500 companies, such as Duke Energy, Bank of America, Sonic Automotive, Lowe's, Family Dollar, Nucor, and Goodrich Corporation.

Charlotte Interesting and Important Fast Facts

  • Charlotte is nicknamed as the “Queen City” in the honor of Queen consort of UK- Charlotte of Mecklenburg- Strelitz

  • Charlotte’s residents are called as “Charlotteans”.

  • Charlotte is also known as the The Hornet's Nest.

  • The city is home to many offices of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NSACAR Hall of Fame and NASCAR.

  • Charlotte’s rich and unique racing heritage is included in the NASCAR Hall of Fame site.

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the 6th busiest airport in the United States and seventh busiest in the world.

  • The two major professional sports franchises are in Charlotte- the Charlotte Hornets of National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Carolina Panthers of the National Football league (NFL).

  • The daily newspaper in Charlotte is “The Charlotte Observer”.
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