42 Facts About Charlotte


Charlotte is the most populous city in the U S state of North Carolina.

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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.

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City of Charlotte was developed first by a wave of migration of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, or Ulster-Scot settlers from Northern Ireland, who dominated the culture of the Southern Piedmont Region.

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Charlotte wrote that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion", leading to the nickname "The Hornet's Nest".

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The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized it at the outbreak of the Civil War.

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City's first boom came after the Civil War, as Charlotte became a cotton processing center and railroad hub.

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Charlotte would pass Winston-Salem in population by the 1930 census, and has remained North Carolina's largest city since.

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The city was caught unprepared; Charlotte is 200 miles inland, and residents from coastal areas in both Carolinas often wait out hurricanes in Charlotte.

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Charlotte is the twenty-sixth-most expansive city in the United States and lies at an elevation of 751 feet .

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Uptown Charlotte sits atop a long rise between two creeks, Sugar Creek and Irwin Creek, and was built on the gunnies of the St Catherine's and Rudisill gold mines.

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Charlotte is 25 miles southwest of Concord, 26 miles northeast of Rock Hill, South Carolina, 83 miles southwest of Greensboro, 135 miles west of Fayetteville, and 165 miles southwest of Raleigh, the state capitol.

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Large area known as Southeast Charlotte is home to many golf communities, luxury developments, churches, the Jewish community center, and private schools.

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Since the 1980s in particular, Uptown Charlotte has undergone massive construction of buildings, housing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Hearst Corporation, and Duke Energy, several hotels, and multiple condominium developments.

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Charlotte is directly in the path of subtropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it heads up the eastern seaboard, thus the city receives ample precipitation throughout the year but many clear, sunny days; precipitation is generally less frequent in autumn than in spring.

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Charlotte is the second-largest banking center in the United States, after New York City.

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Since then, Charlotte has become the regional headquarters for East Coast operations of Wells Fargo, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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Charlotte serves as the headquarters for Wells Fargo's capital markets activities.

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a reputation in energy education and research, and its Energy Production and Infrastructure Center trains energy engineers and conducts research.

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Charlotte was listed as the 20th largest city in the US, and the 60th fastest growing city in the US between 2000 and 2008.

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Charlotte region is home to many annual festivals and special events.

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Taste of Charlotte is a three-day festival offering samples from area restaurants, live entertainment and children's activities.

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The Charlotte Zoo initiative is a proposal to allocate 250 acres of natural North Carolina land to be dedicated to the zoological foundation, which was incorporated in 2008.

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Charlotte is served by the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium in the nearby city of Concord.

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The library was closed in 1961 when the Brooklyn neighborhood in Second Ward was redeveloped, but its role as a cultural center for African-Americans in Charlotte is continued by the Beatties Ford and West Boulevard branches of the library system, as well as by Charlotte's African-American Cultural Center.

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In 2017, Charlotte hosted the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club and is set to host again by 2025.

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Charlotte has participated in 11 NCAA Men's Basketball tournaments, 14 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournaments, and the Football team participated in their first bowl game in 2019 just six years after starting their program.

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Charlotte's was ousted in the 2017 Democratic primary by Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, who later defeated Republican City Councilman Kenny Smith in the general election to become Mayor of Charlotte.

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Charlotte is split between two congressional districts on the federal level.

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Charlotte was selected in 2011 to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was held at the Spectrum Center.

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In 2018, Charlotte was chosen to host the Republican National Convention in August 2020.

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North Carolina Research Campus, a 350-acre biotechnology hub located northeast of Charlotte in the city of Kannapolis, is a public-private venture including eight universities, one community college, the David H Murdock Research Institute, the U S Department of Agriculture and corporate entities that collaborate to advance the fields of human health, nutrition and agriculture.

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Charlotte is the 24th largest radio market in the nation, according to Nielsen Audio.

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Major television stations located in Charlotte include CBS affiliate WBTV 3, ABC affiliate WSOC-TV 9, NBC affiliate WCNC-TV 36, CW affiliate WCCB 18, and PBS member station WTVI 42.

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In 2020, CNN established a Charlotte bureau spearheaded by national correspondent Dianne Gallagher.

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Forty-three fire stations are strategically scattered throughout Charlotte to provide a reasonable response time to emergencies in the city limits.

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Charlotte has a municipal waste system consisting of trash pickup, water distribution, and waste treatment.

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Charlotte's sludge is handled, transported, and spread on farm fields in Chester by a company called Synagro, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Carlyle Group Charlotte's sludge is of the "CLASS B" variety, which means it still contains detectable levels of pathogens.

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City of Charlotte has a lower than average percentage of households without a car.

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Charlotte's beltway, designated I-485 and simply called "485" by local residents, was under construction for over 20 years, but funding problems slowed its progress.

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Charlotte is served daily by three Amtrak routes with ten daily trips from a station on North Tryon Street, just outside downtown.

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Charlotte is served by both Greyhound and low-cost curbside carrier Megabus.

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Charlotte is a service stop for Greyhound routes running to Atlanta, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York and Philadelphia.

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