Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte (/ˈʃɑːrlət/ SHAR-lət) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont region, it is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. The population was 874,579 as of the 2020 census,[7] making Charlotte the 16th-most populous city in the U.S., the seventh most populous city in the South, and the second most populous city in the Southeast behind Jacksonville, Florida. The city is the cultural, economic, and transportation center of the Charlotte metropolitan area, whose 2020 population of 2,660,329 ranked 23rd in the U.S.[6] The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2020 census-estimated population of 2,846,550.[8]

Charlotte, North Carolina
City of Charlotte
From top to bottom, left to right: Charlotte skyline, UNC Charlotte, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium, Romare Bearden Park
The Queen City, The QC, CLT, The Hornet's Nest[1][2]
Location within Mecklenburg County
Location within North Carolina
Location within the United States
Location within North America
Coordinates: 35°13′38″N 80°50′35″W[3]
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Named forCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  BodyCharlotte City Council
  MayorVi Lyles (D)
  City309.25 sq mi (800.94 km2)
  Land307.26 sq mi (795.80 km2)
  Water1.98 sq mi (5.14 km2)
Elevation761 ft (232 m)
  Rank16th in the United States
1st in North Carolina
  Density2,846.38/sq mi (1,098.99/km2)
  Metro2,660,329 (23rd)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28201-28237, 28240-28247, 28250, 28253-28256, 28258, 28260-28262, 28265-28266, 28269-28275, 28277-28278, 28280-28290, 28296-28297, 28299
Area codes704, 980
FIPS code37-12000[6]
International airportCharlotte Douglas International Airport
Public transportationCharlotte Area Transit System

Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country's fastest-growing metro area, with 888,000 new residents.[9][10] Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, Charlotte tops the U.S. in millennial population growth.[11][12][13][14] It is the third-fastest-growing major city in the United States.[15][16][17] Residents are referred to as "Charlotteans".[18]

Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, Truist Financial, and the east coast headquarters of Wells Fargo, which along with other financial institutions has made it the second-largest banking center in the United States.[19][20][21][22] As of 2020, Charlotte was considered as a Gamma + level global city by the GaWC.[23]

Among Charlotte's notable attractions, some of the most popular include the Carolina Panthers (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Charlotte FC (MLS), the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Ballet, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Mint Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Billy Graham Library, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Museum of History, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.[24][25][26][27][28]

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate. It is located several miles east of the Catawba River and southeast of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina.[29] Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake are two smaller man-made lakes located near the city.[30]

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