Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2010, Charlotte’s population was 731,424, making it the 17th most populous city in the USA. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009 population of 1,745,524.
Residents of Charlotte are referred to as “Charlotteans,” and many of those living here are transplants of various cities from across the country. Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center and is now the second largest banking center in the United States.
Nicknamed The Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become queen consort of British King George III the year before the city’s founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” leading to the nickname The Hornet’s Nest.
Geographically, Charlotte is situated between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and between Washington DC and Atlanta. From this area, all of the eastern states are accessible by car within 1 day’s drive.
The Charlotte climate has 4 seasons. Our Fall is cool and colorful. Winter is relatively mild with an occasional snowstorm with temperatures between 35-50 and sometimes even a 72 degree day. Spring is nice with rain and cool weather. Summer can get humid and balmy with regular bursts of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The city of Charlotte is divided into 7 city districts, and each city district hosts various area districts, each with its own bit of history or unique signature.
It’s hard not to enjoy this wonderful and beautiful Southern city and what it has to offer. It is for everyone!