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Our Charlotte NC Community Guide

Counties: Mecklenburg 

Municipalities: Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Stallings 

Area: 308.29 sq. mi. 

Population: 874,579 (2020) 

Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (44.7%); Black or African American (35.2%); Hispanic (14.9%). The median age for residents is 34.4. In 2017-2021, the median household income of households was $65,3367. 

Brief History: The City of Charlotte was first settled in 1755 and incorporated on December 3rd, 1768. Local leaders of Mecklenburg County signed the Mecklenburg Resolves in 1775. That declaration is recognized as a precursor to the declarations that led to the American Revolution. In 1779 a local boy in a neighboring county found a large 17-pound rock that was used as a doorstop. The rock was later determined to be solid gold, which led to the first gold rush in the United States. The Charlotte Mint was established in 1837 as many veins of gold were found in the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. The city has enjoyed prosperity in various industries over the years up to the present day. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of several financial institutions. 

Area Info: The City of Charlotte is the most populous city in North Carolina and the 16th most populous city in the United States. Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a zoo. The city’s nickname is “The Queen City”. It is also known to some as “The Hornets Nest” which is in reference to the local spirited patriots driving the British Army out of Charlotte very shortly after they marched into the city in 1780.  Charlotte is home to the NBA Charlotte Hornets, NFL Carolina Panthers, and AHL Charlotte Checkers who play home games at Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium, and Bojangles’ Coliseum. 

Historic Places & Cultural Places of Interest:

  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • Billy Graham Library
  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • Mint Museum
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame

Amenities: Charlotte is home to a wealth of shopping opportunities. This includes luxury stores, malls, outlet malls, specialty shops, and neighborhood boutiques. 

Parks and Recreation: There are 230 parks and facilities on over 21,000 acres of land in Mecklenburg County. This includes 5,000 programs offered by the Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources which manages 26 nature preserves and 4 nature centers.

Public Transportation: The City of Charlotte is served by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). There are 69 lines and 3,628 bus and rail stations. 

Education: Read about private K-12 schools including Providence Day School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Christian School, and British International School of Charlotte, or our top-tier higher education such as UNC Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte, and Johnson & Wales University Charlotte.

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