25 Facts About Charlotte

1. Charlotte is the most populous city in the US state of North Carolina.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. Charlotte wrote that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion", leading to the nickname "The Hornet's Nest".

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

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6. In 1910, Charlotte surpassed Wilmington to become North Carolina's largest city with 34,014 residents.

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

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9. 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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10. 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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11. Charlotte is the second-largest banking center in the United States, after New York City.

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

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

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

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16. The philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $25,000 for a library building, on the condition that the city of Charlotte donate a site and $2,500 per year for books and salaries, and that the state grant a charter for the library.

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

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

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

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

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

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23. 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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24. Charlotte averaged 1.65 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.

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

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