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Our Beautiful City

Charlotte is…..

  • named in honor of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George III.
  • the largest city in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States.
  • the second largest banking center in the United States (New York is the largest).
  • home to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the 14th largest airport in the country and national hub of US Airways.
  • listed as one of the "Best Places to Live".
  • home to one of the United States’ most educated workforces.
  • one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the United States.
  • home to the Carolina Panthers (NFL), Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Charlotte Checkers(AHL), Charlotte Knights (AAA Baseball), and the Nascar Hall of Fame.
  • ranks 7th in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (326 of the top 500 have offices in Charlotte).