Charlotte was settled around 1750 and incorporated in 1768. It is named for Princess Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. It is the largest city in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States. The Charlotte metro area is rich with history and culture.
The Queen City is known as a major distribution center for the southeastern United States and one of the nation’s largest banking centers. Other industries with a large foot print in the area include health care, higher education (UNC Charlotte / Queen University) and tourism.
The Charlotte area is home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, home of the Coca Cola 600. Several other major sports team call Charlotte home, including the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Charlotte Panthers (NFL) and a major league soccer franchise coming in 2021. Charlotte is also home to the PNC Music Pavillion, an outstanding outdoor music venue for live concerts.
Travel into Charlotte is serviced by Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (JQF). CLT is ranked as one of the 10 busiest airports in the world, serving more than 178 non-stop destinations and over 50,000,000 yearly.
For those interested in spending some time outdoors, Lake Norman is only a short drive to the north. It is the largest body of water in North Carolina. It offers 33,000 acres of fishing and boating and includes more than 500 miles of shoreline.
Be sure to visit some of the suburbs: Aberdeen, Burlington, China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Gastonia, Harrisburg, Hickory, Huntersville, Kannapolis, Lincolnton, Matthews, Midland, Monroe, Mooresville, Pineville, Salisbury, Shelby, Statesville, Thomasville, Troutman, Waxhaw, Weddington, Bessemer City, Kings Mountain, Dallas, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Indian Trail, Mint Hill, High Point.
Whether you are just visiting or considering a move to Charlotte, you will not be disappointed.