Charlotte is located in Mecklenburg County and is the largest city in North Carolina. It is also the19th largest city in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 242.9 square miles.
History of Charlotte, NC
The area that that eventually became known as Charlotte was first settled in 1755 by Thomas Polk (uncle of United States President James K. Polk), who built his residence at the intersection of two Native American trading paths between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers.
In the early part of the 18th century, the Great Wagon Road brought settlers of Scottish- Irish and German descent from Pennsylvania into the Carolina foothills. The area grew to become the community of “Charlotte Town,” which incorporated as a town in 1768.
Charlotte, NC Demographics
As of 2007:
- The population of Charlotte, NC is $66,311.
- There are 32,393 males and 33,918 females living in Charlotte, NC .
- The median resident age for residents in Charlotte, NC is 33.6 years compared to North Carolina’s median age of 35.3 years.
- The median household income in Charlotte, NC is an estimated $56,278 compared to North Carolina ’s median income of $46,549.
Charlotte, NC Climate
Charlotte has a temperate climate. On average, Charlotte receives 44 inches of rain and 4 inches of snow per year and has cool winters with warm humid summers.
Charlotte, NC Business
Charlotte is considered a major financial hub with a strong work force. The following Fortune 500 companies are based in the Charlotte metropolitan area: Bank of America, Nucor (steel producer), Sonic Automotive, Duke Energy, Family Dollar, and SPX Corporation (industrial technology), Goodrich Corporation and soon be Electrolux American Headquaters.
Other major companies in Metro Charlotte include: Time Warner Cable, Continental Tire North America, LendingTree, Compass Group USA, Food Lion, and the Carolina Beverage Corporation and others. Charlotte is also a center for the motorsports industry including NASCAR, which has several offices in and around Charlotte.
Charlotte, NC Schools
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system is the second largest in North Carolina and is the 20th largest in the U.S. There are approximately 161 elementary, middle and high schools combined. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is recognized as one of the best school districts in America.
University of North Carolina is Charlotte’s largest higher education institution located in University City. Charlotte is also home to several notable private colleges and universities, such as Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University and Johnson C. Smith University.
Charlotte’s main attractions include: U.S. National Whitewater Center, Billy Graham Library, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Discovery Place, ImaginOn, Joe & Joan Martin Center, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Carowinds, Belk Theatre and more.
Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
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