Named in honor of the queen of King George III during the time of the city’s founding, Charlotte has maintained its royal status as one of the top, fastest growing cities in the United States. Also known as "Bank Town," this city ranks number two in the banking industry behind its leader, New York City. In the past ten years, Charlotte has recruited 6,790 new companies, 56,338 new jobs, and $11,020 million in new investments, and is consistently ranked among the best places for companies to thrive.

This city also ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Fortune 500 headquarters, with Bank of America, Nucor, Duke Energy, and Lowe's, to name a few. But for Charlotteans, it's not all work and no play, this modern southern city has emerged as a Top 10 "New Beer City," according to Forbes magazine, with more than 60 breweries and distilleries in the Charlotte area.

For those seeking arts and entertainment, it has 17 museums, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, five major performance venues, and more than 100 symphony performances annually. For eager sports fans, Charlotte teams include the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, NFL's Carolina Panthers, AAA baseball's Charlotte Knights, and is the home of NASCAR.

City Stats

  • Ranks 1st - Top 10 cities with the best employee engagement (Forbes)
  • Ranks 2nd - 25 largest cities for most desirable place to purchase a home (Nerdwallet.com)
  • Ranks 2nd - Best areas for job-seeking college graduates (Careerbliss.com)
  • 5th fastest growing metro from 2000-2012 of the 52 largest metro areas (US Census)
  • Ranks 6th - Top 10 hot cities for IT jobs in 2013 (Modis, Inc.)
  • Ranks 7th - Top Spring Break destinations for families (Livability.com)
  • One of the top 10 cities for newlyweds to live and work (Rent.com)
  • Ranks 8th - Top 10 big booming cities (CNNmoney.com)
  • Ranks 9th - Top 50 cities with the most job openings per capita (Beyond.com)
  • Top 20 best cities for businesses and careers (Forbes.com)
  • Ranks 9th - Top moving destinations of all cities (Penske Truck Rental)
  • 17th largest city in the U.S. in total population
  • A Top 10 city for urban forests (American Forests)
  • Named "Tree City" for 33 consecutive years by the National Arbor Day foundation
  • Is home of ImaginOn, the top ranked children’s museum in the country (Livability.com)


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