- 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).