Charlotte NC

Charlotte NC, the Queen City, sits in the heart of Southeast United States.

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. The city was named Charlotte in 1762 in honor of the British Queen “Charlotte Sophia”.

Charlotte is the seat of Mecklenburg county, and is named after the Queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and the region in Germany where she was born.

Residents of Charlotte are referred to as “Charlotteans”.

Charlotte has a number of nicknames, two of them well known.

The “Queen City” for it’s name after the queen and “the Hornet’s nest”.

British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city during the time of the American Revolutionary War. He was driven out by hostile residents, and wrote Charlotte is “a Hornet’s Nest of rebellion”.

Charlotte NC Location

Charlotte NC is located in the heart of the Southeast United States in Mecklenburg County. Towns that border Charlotte are Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.

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Mecklenburg County’s population surpassed 1 Million in the summer of 2013. Mecklenburg is the largest and most densely populated county in North Carolina.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 546 square miles. The County has 526 square miles of land and 20 square miles of water.

Mecklenburg County’s southern edge borders South Carolina. The major interstates are I-85 and I-77 and the I-485 beltway circling the city.

Interstate 85 cuts across the top of Mecklenburg County on the northern portion of the city.
I-77 runs north-south through the city on the western side. The final section of Interstate 485 is currently under construction.

Once the final leg north of the highway is complete, the beltway will completely circle the outer edges of the city.

Driving time to popular destinations:

Charlotte is 3 hours, 51 minutes from Atlanta GA.
Charlotte is 2 hours, 39 minutes from Raleigh NC.
Charlotte is 3 hours, 13 minutes from Charleston SC.
Charlotte is 1 hour, 56 minutes from Boone NC (the Mountains).
Charlotte is 3 hours, 28 minutes from Wilmington NC (the Ocean).
Charlotte is 27 minutes from Lake Norman.
Charlotte is 45 minutes from Lake Wylie.
Charlotte is 34 minutes from Concord NC.

Charlotte NC Population

The Charlotte metro area consists of 16 counties, including four located in South Carolina. These counties make up the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area).

The population of Charlotte according to the U.S. Census Bureau was 751,087 in 2010.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population of the MSA was 1,758,038 in 2010.

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Charlotte is the 17th largest city and 33rd largest metro area in the United States. Charlotte is the 2nd largest city in the Southeast.

Charlotte lies in what is geographically known as the Piedmont region, in the foothills, or Piedmont of the Blue Ridge mountain section of the Appalachian mountain range.

Charlotte NC Climate

Charlotte’s weather is generally pretty mild with lots of sunny days. Charlotte is located in a subtropical climate and experiences four seasons.

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Winters are generally short in Charlotte with an average January temperature of 41 degrees.

Summers in Charlotte are generally hot and humid, average temperature in July is about 80 degrees. Charlotte’s residents will experience highs at or above 90 degrees throughout the summer.

Autumn is typically pretty dry but we do experience rain showers from late hurricane season storms.

Charlotte NC Economy

Charlotte is home to many large corporations and employers including National Gypsum Company, Hendrick Automotive Group, Chiquita, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and The Compass Group.

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Charlotte is ranked ninth among cities with 5 or more FORTUNE 500 headquarters. Over 270 of the Fortune 500 have a presence in Charlotte, many with headquarters in the region.

Among them are:

Bank of America, Belk, BellSouth Telecommunications, Bojangles’, Carolina Beverage Corporation Inc., Duke Energy, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lance, Inc, LendingTree, Lowe’s, Meineke Car Care Centers, Muzak, Nucor, Transbotics, Royal & SunAlliance (USA), Time Warner Cable, and Wells Fargo.

According to the Charlotte Chamber “In the past 10 years, the Charlotte Chamber has recruited 6,790 new companies, 56,338 new jobs, and $11,020 million in new investment. According to 2011 Division of Employment Security figures, employment in Mecklenburg County is well distributed among all major business sectors.”

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Charlotte is well known for it’s banking and financial district. The city is ranked 2nd in the Nation behind New York with over 2.5 trillion in assets. Large investors Vanguard Group and TIAA-CREF have operations and management centers in Charlotte.

The city is also home to a branch of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charlotte Branch is an operational and regional center for the Carolinas. Charlotte is home to 5 of the Nations largest banks and over 350 mortgage bankers.

Charlotte has begun to garner a reputation as the nation’s New Energy Capital.

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The recent merger of Duke Energy with Progress Energy, made Duke the largest utility company in the country in nearly every category, including market capitalization.

The Charlotte Business Journal reports the Charlotte metro area is home to more than 200 small energy companies.

Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems located its main nuclear engineering office in Charlotte in 2012.

Charlotte is currently constructing an intermodal rail terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The rail system will double current capacity and has attracted a $74 million investment from Norfolk Southern.

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Analysis by the mayor’s office expects the facility to generate $9 billion in economic impact and create more than 5000 jobs over the next 20 years.

Charlotte NC Culture and Performing Arts

Charlotte has a vibrant arts and culture community. A visit to CharlotteCultureGuide.com will show hundreds of local cultural events.

Residents and visitors interested in the performing arts will enjoy:

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The Charlotte Symphony
Charlotte Philharmonic
Charlotte Civic Orchestra
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Carolina Concert Association
Carolina Voices
Opera Carolina
Theatre Charlotte
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Broadway Lights Series

Charlotte offers unique cultural venues for children to participate including:

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Community School of the Arts
Charlotte Children’s Choir
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Carolina Raptor Center
Discovery Place

Residents, visitors and students can explore Charlotte’s rich history and heritage.

Some of the venues
Charlotte offers:

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Afro-American Cultural Center
Charlotte Museum of History
Charlotte Trolley Inc.
Latta Plantation
Historic Rosedale Plantation
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
The Levine Museum of the New South.

The Charlotte cultural community produces 65,000 events annually, generating $158 million for the local economy and supporting more than 4,700 jobs.
Area cultural organizations offer volunteer and social opportunities for adults, children and young professionals. – Charlotte Chamber

Charlotte NC Sports

Charlotte has two major professional sports franchises, the Carolina Panthers (NFL), and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA).

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The Panthers have been located in Charlotte since 1995, and the Bobcats since 2004. Both professional teams have stadiums located in Uptown Charlotte.

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The Panthers play home games in Bank of America Stadium, the Bobcats play in the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Uptown Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord about 20 minutes from the Hall of Fame.

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The speedway features a 1.5 mile quad oval track. Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR races that include the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the Sprint All-Star Race.

The ZMax Dragway is located across from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and is the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States. The ZMax Dragway is a quarter mile drag racing strip that hosts NHRA events.

Charlotte is currently building a baseball stadium scheduled to be complete in 2014. The new stadium in Uptown will house the Charlotte Knights, a minor league Triple A affiliate for the American League Chicago White Sox.

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The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte. They are members of the South Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Checkers are also the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) located in Raleigh NC.

Charlotte is also home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Located on over 400 acres of woodlands, the USN Whitewater Center is designed for folks who love to play outside.

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The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the home of the world’s largest, man-made whitewater river.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center offers a ton of activities for all ages including:

Whitewater rafting and kayaking,
Flatwater kayaking,
Mountain biking,
Rock climbing,
Zip lines and ropes courses
Live music shows
A 5K trail race
The Thursday night River Jam series
Summer camps

The Whitewater Center also offers outdoor leadership and other team development programs that provide education and opportunities for adults and children of all skill levels.

Charlotte NC Government

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) is located in the government district of uptown’s second ward, at 600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte NC.

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Charlotte has a Council-Manager form of government with a Mayor and 11 Council Members elected every two years in November. Charlotte has a professional City Manager whose job is to run the day-to-day operations.

Charlotte’s Mayor and four Council Members are elected at-large by city-wide vote. Seven of the eleven city Council Members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.

At-Large Representatives are elected by the registered voters throughout the City.
District Representatives are elected by registered voters within a specific district.

Charlotte’s Mayor presides at all City Council meetings and officially represents the City at special ceremonies and events.
The Mayor is generally responsible for the execution of local laws. It is the Mayor’s role to represent the City in an official capacity at the state capital in Raleigh, in Washington and internationally.

Charlotte NC Education

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools serves over 141,000 students throughout the cities and towns in Mecklenburg county. CMS provides education for kindergarten through 12th grade in 159 schools throughout Mecklenburg County. The school system has been recognized nationally for academic excellence.

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In 2011 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools won the Broad Prize. CMS was a finalist in 2004 and 2010. The broad prize is presented annually to four school districts in the country for elevating their achievement levels. As one of the winning districts, CMS received $250,000 in scholarships.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools employs over 9,000 full-time teachers. Teachers and students are supported by more than 43,000 mentors and volunteers that support learning and instruction in CMS classrooms.

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Over 3,400 of the district’s certified teachers have advanced degrees and CMS ranks first among school districts in NC for newly certified National Board teachers. CMS has over 60 recognized schools of excellence and schools of distinction.

Charlotte has more than 37 Magnet schools. The CMS magnet program is nationally recognized and serves more than 16,000 students in nine different programs. Areas of specialized study range from visual and performing arts to math, science and technology, Montessori, and language immersion.

Charter and Private Schools

Private (non-public) schools and charter schools make up a significant part of Mecklenburg County’s educational landscape. In fact, over 25,000 students are enrolled in 89 private schools and charter schools in the county. This growing system includes elementary, middle and high schools with various religious affiliations as well as independent institutions. Source – Charlotte Chamber

For a detailed list of private and charter schools in Charlotte NC please download this list -
Charlotte NC Private (non-public) schools and Charter Schools

Charlotte NC College and University Institutions

The Charlotte Region is home to more than 220,000 students attending 43 colleges, universities, community colleges and technical institutes located within the 13 county Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury CSA (Combined Statistical Area).

Within the Charlotte region there are:

Twenty-two public and private secondary institutions
Thirteen schools offering graduate opportunities — master or doctoral programs
Eighteen junior colleges, community colleges and technical institutes
Seven community colleges that are part of the state system of community colleges

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Here’s a partial list of higher education institutions of learning in the Charlotte area:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Central Piedmont Community College
Davidson College
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson C. Smith University
Queens University of Charlotte
Pfeiffer University
Wingate University
Winthrop University
Northeastern University
Charlotte School of Law
Wake Forest University Charlotte Center

Charlotte NC Real Estate

Whether you want to rent or own you’ll find your housing in Charlotte. Charlotte NC has bustling urban areas, beautiful subdivisions and historic streets lined by beautiful trees. Residents and visitors will find apartments, condominiums, lofts and single-family homes throughout the metro area.

Charlotte offers beautiful historic areas and community’s, Uptown living, waterfront and lake shore homes and live-work, and golf communities. Many neighborhoods offer easy access to most of the venues and events in the area, and short drives to Charlotte Douglass International Airport.

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The Charlotte region’s median sales price of $160,000 offers great affordability to new residents. Thirty-nine percent of recent home buyers were first-time buyers in Charlotte and age 42 (a modest decrease from 45 in 2011).

Homes for Sale in Charlotte NC

The 2011 median household income of buyers was $86,800 in Charlotte and $78,600 nationally. The median income was $57,100 among first-time buyers and $98,200 among repeat buyers in Charlotte.

85 percent of home buyers purchased a detached single-family home in Charlotte, compared to seventy-nine percent of home buyers nationally.

In Charlotte, a typical seller has lived in their home about eight years. In 2007 at the housing market peak a typical seller lived in their home six years before moving.

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Recent sellers sold their homes for about 95 percent of the listing price. 59 percent reduced the asking price at least once.

About 52 percent of sellers offered incentives to attract buyers. Most sellers offered assistance with home warranty policies and closing costs.

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At the end of 2012 seven zip codes in Mecklenburg County saw the one year median sales increase over 10 percent from the prior year – 28031, 28078, 28214, 28215, 28216 and 28226.

Each of these zip codes also had more than one hundred and twenty-five home sales in the fourth quarter of 2012.