The Info List - Charlotte Metropolitan Area

The Charlotte
metropolitan area (also Metrolina, Charlotte
Metro, or Charlotte
USA[citation needed]) is a metropolitan area/region of North and South Carolina
South Carolina
within and surrounding the city of Charlotte. Located in the Piedmont, it is the largest in the Carolinas, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern region of the United States behind, Miami, Atlanta, and Tampa. The Charlotte
metropolitan area is well known for its auto racing history (especially NASCAR). The region is headquarters to 8 Fortune 500 and 7 Fortune 1000 companies including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Sealed Air Corporation, Nucor Steel, and Lowe's
Home Improvement Stores. Additional headquarters include Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Cheerwine
and Sundrop.[1] It is home to one of the world's busiest airports,[citation needed] Charlotte
Douglas International Airport, and is also the Carolinas' largest manufacturing region.[2] The Charlotte–Concord–Gastonia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)[3] is defined as seven counties in North Carolina
North Carolina
and three counties in South Carolina. The population of the MSA was 2,474,314 according to 2016 Census estimates.[4] Charlotte
is the 17th largest city and 22nd largest metro area in the United States. Charlotte
is the 2nd largest city in the Southeast. The Charlotte–Concord Combined Statistical Area
Combined Statistical Area
(CSA)[5] is a regional population area including parts of North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina with a population of 2,632,249 according to the 2016 Census estimates.[6] The aforementioned MSA is the only metropolitan area (as defined since 2012) included in the CSA, but there are two included micropolitan areas: Albemarle and Shelby.


1 Nicknames and regional identity 2 Area

2.1 Counties 2.2 Largest cities and towns 2.3 Cities and Towns: 5,000 to 10,000 in Population 2.4 Suburban towns and cities under 5,000 in population 2.5 Unincorporated communities

3 Transportation

3.1 Mass transit 3.2 Roads 3.3 Air

4 Higher education 5 Attractions

5.1 Nature and geography 5.2 Cultural attractions 5.3 Entertainment 5.4 Shopping 5.5 Sports

6 Economy 7 Notable residents 8 Government 9 See also 10 External links 11 References

Nicknames and regional identity[edit] The regional area around the city was at one time called Metrolina, a portmanteau of Metropolis and Carolina. The term has fallen out of widespread general use, though it still maintains a presence and is used by the North Carolina
North Carolina
Department of Transportation. The term does retain a marketing value, and is thus also used by many businesses in the area. Metrolina refers to the region that includes the cities of: Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia and Rock Hill. The name Metrolina came into fashion when North Carolina's other two large metropolitan areas took on nicknames—the Triangle for Raleigh/Durham/Cary/Chapel Hill and the Triad for Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point. (The Triad now goes by the name Piedmont Triad
Piedmont Triad
to distinguish it from other tri-cities.) Charlotte
is also sometimes referred to as the Queen City, or the Q.C. The term " Charlotte
USA" refers to the 16-county region, which includes 12 counties in North Carolina
North Carolina
and 4 counties in South Carolina. The term is championed by the Charlotte
Regional Partnership, a non-profit organization made up of both private- and public-sector members from throughout the Charlotte
region. This organization represents one of seven officially designated economic development regions in North Carolina.[7] Region
J of the North Carolina
North Carolina
Councils of Government, of which a majority of the Charlotte
area municipalities and counties belong, uses the term Centralina in its body's name, Centralina Council of Governments. This term, however, is used only sparingly among locals. Area[edit] Counties[edit] The official Charlotte
metropolitan area includes the Charlotte–Concord–Gastonia MSA (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Union counties in North Carolina; Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina). The Charlotte CSA includes all the MSA counties along with the following micropolitan areas in North Carolina: Albemarle (Stanly County) and Shelby (Cleveland County). ( Census Bureau
Census Bureau
definition for CSA)[8] The Charlotte
Regional Partnership also identifies four additional counties to the what they refer to as the 'Charlotte Region'-Alexander, Anson and Catawba counties in North Carolina, and Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Catawba and Alexander counties are currently part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or 'The Unifour', and Anson County was once part of the MSA and CSA, until it was removed in 2011.

The Charlotte
Combined Statistical Area

County 2017 Estimate 2010 Census Change

Mecklenburg County 1,076,837 919,628 7001170948470468490♠+17.09%

York County 266,439 226,073 7001178552945287580♠+17.86%

Union County 231,366 201,292 7001149404844703220♠+14.94%

Gaston County 220,182 206,086 7000683986296982810♠+6.84%

Cabarrus County 206,872 178,011 7001162130430141960♠+16.21%

Iredell County 175,711 159,437 7001102071664670059♠+10.21%

Rowan County 140,644 138,428 7000160083220157770♠+1.60%

Cleveland County 97,334 98,078 3000241420094210729♠−0.76%

Lancaster County 92,550 76,652 7001207404894849450♠+20.74%

Lincoln County 82,403 78,256 7000529927417705989♠+5.30%

Stanly County 61,482 60,585 7000148056449616240♠+1.48%

Chester County 32,301 33,140 2999746831623415810♠−2.53%

Total 2,632,249 2,204,217 7001194187777337710♠+19.42%


County 2017 Estimate 2010 Census Change

Catawba County 157,974 154,358 7000234260614934110♠+2.34%

Chesterfield County 45,948 46,734 2999831814096803180♠−1.68%

Alexander County 37,286 37,198 6999236571858702070♠+0.24%

Anson County 24,991 26,948 2999273786551877690♠−7.26%

Total for Alexander, Anson, Catawba, and Chesterfield counties 265,348 265,238 6998414721872431520♠+0.04%

Total for entire Charlotte
region 2,897,597 2,469,455 7001173375096934340♠+17.34%

Largest cities and towns[edit]

Rank City / town County 2016 estimate 2010 Census Change

1 Charlotte Mecklenburg County 842,051 731,424 7001151248796867480♠+15.12%

2 Concord Cabarrus County 89,891 79,066 7001136910935168090♠+13.69%

3 Gastonia Gaston County 75,536 71,741 7000528986214298660♠+5.29%

4 Rock Hill York County 72,937 66,154 7001102533482480270♠+10.25%

5 Huntersville Mecklenburg County 54,839 46,773 7001172449917687550♠+17.24%

6 Kannapolis Cabarrus County / Rowan County 47,839 42,625 7001122322580645160♠+12.23%

7 Hickory Catawba County 40,567 40,010 7000139215196200950♠+1.39%

8 Indian Trail Union County 38,222 33,518 7001140342502535950♠+14.03%

9 Mooresville Iredell County 36,543 32,711 7001117147137048700♠+11.71%

10 Monroe Union County 34,818 32,797 7000616214897704060♠+6.16%

11 Salisbury Rowan County 34,001 33,662 7000100707028697050♠+1.01%

12 Matthews Mecklenburg County 31,495 27,198 7001157989558055740♠+15.80%

13 Cornelius Mecklenburg County 28,515 24,866 7001146746561570020♠+14.67%

14 Statesville Iredell County 26,506 24,532 7000804663296918310♠+8.05%

15 Mint Hill Mecklenburg County / Union County 26,236 22,722 7001154651879235980♠+15.47%

16 Shelby Cleveland County 20,260 20,323 3000690006396693400♠−0.31%

17 Albemarle Stanley County 16,004 15,903 6999635100295541720♠+0.64%

18 Stallings Union County 15,378 14,495 7000609175577785440♠+6.09%

19 Harrisburg Cabarrus County 15,349 11,526 7001331684886343920♠+33.17%

20 Fort Mill York County 15,029 10,811 7001390158172231990♠+39.02%

21 Mount Holly Gaston County 14,495 13,656 7000614381956649090♠+6.14%

22 Waxhaw Union County 14,194 9,859 7001439699766710620♠+43.97%

23 Newton Catawba County 13,042 12,968 6999570635410240580♠+0.57%

24 Davidson Mecklenburg County / Iredell County 12,452 10,944 7001137792397660820♠+13.78%

25 Kings Mountain Cleveland County / Gaston County 10,797 10,296 7000486596736596740♠+4.87%

26 Belmont Gaston County 10,784 10,076 7000702659785629220♠+7.03%

27 Lincolnton Lincoln County 10,754 10,486 7000255578867060840♠+2.56%

28 Weddington Mecklenburg County / Union County 10,642 9,459 7001125066074637909♠+12.51%

Cities and Towns: 5,000 to 10,000 in Population[edit]

Rank City / Town County 2016 Estimate 2010 Census Change

1 Tega Cay York County 9,946 7,620 7001305249343832020♠+30.52%

2 Lancaster Lancaster County 9,134 8,545 7000689291983616150♠+6.89%

3 Wesley Chapel Union County 8,596 7,463 7001151815623743800♠+15.18%

4 Pineville Mecklenburg County 8,593 7,479 7001148950394437760♠+14.90%

5 Conover Catawba County 8,331 8,165 7000203306797305570♠+2.03%

6 York York County 8,058 7,736 7000416235780765249♠+4.16%

7 Unionville Union County 6,585 5,929 7001110642604149100♠+11.06%

8 Marvin Union County 6,377 5,579 7001143036386449180♠+14.30%

9 Cherryville Gaston County 6,058 5,760 7000517361111111110♠+5.17%

10 Clover York County 5,950 5,094 7001168040832351790♠+16.80%

11 Wadesboro Anson County 5,467 5,813 2999404782384311030♠−5.95%

12 Bessemer City Gaston County 5,548 5,340 7000389513108614230♠+3.90%

13 Chester Chester County 5,474 5,607 2999762796504369540♠−2.37%

Suburban towns and cities under 5,000 in population[edit]

Ansonville, Anson Badin, Stanly Belwood, Cleveland Boiling Springs, Cleveland China Grove, Rowan Cleveland, Rowan Cramerton, Gaston Dallas, Gaston Earl, Cleveland East Spencer, Rowan Fairview, Union Faith, Rowan Fallston, Cleveland Fort Lawn, Chester

Granite Quarry, Rowan Great Falls, Chester Grover, Cleveland Harmony, Iredell Heath Springs, Lancaster Hemby Bridge, Union Hickory Grove, York High Shoals, Gaston Kershaw, Lancaster Kingstown, Cleveland Lake Park, Union Lake Wylie, York Landis, Rowan Lattimore, Cleveland Lawndale, Cleveland Lilesville, Anson Locust, Stanly & Cabarrus Love Valley, Iredell Lowell, Gaston

Lowrys, Chester Marshville, Union McAdenville, Gaston McConnells, York McFarlan, Anson Midland, Cabarrus Mineral Springs, Union Misenheimer, Stanly Mooresboro, Cleveland Morven, Anson Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus New London, Stanly Norwood, Stanly Oakboro, Stanly Patterson Springs, Cleveland Peachland, Anson Polkton, Anson

Polkville, Cleveland Ranlo, Gaston Richburg, Chester Richfield, Stanly Rockwell, Rowan Sharon, York Smyrna, York Spencer, Rowan Spencer Mountain, Gaston Stanfield, Stanly Stanley, Gaston Troutman, Iredell Waco, Cleveland Wesley Chapel, Union Wingate, Union

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Boger City, Lincoln Denver, Lincoln Elgin, Lancaster Enochville, Rowan Eureka Mill, Chester

Frog Pond, Stanly Gayle Mill, Chester India Hook, York Indian Land, Lancaster Irwin, Lancaster

JAARS Union Lancaster Mill, Lancaster Lesslie, York Light Oak, Cleveland Lowesville, Lincoln

Newport, York Riverview, York South Gastonia, Gaston Westport, Lincoln

Changes in house prices for the area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of the S&P 20-city composite index of the value of the U.S. residential real estate market. Transportation[edit] Mass transit[edit] The Charlotte Area Transit System
Charlotte Area Transit System
(CATS) is the local public transit agency that operates bus service that serves Charlotte
and its immediate suburban communities in both North and South Carolina. CATS also operates a light rail line and is also building a commuter rail network as a supplement to its established bus transit throughout the region. Plans are for it to stretch initially to Mooresville, Pineville, Matthews, the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will be connected to the system by streetcar. Roads[edit] The Charlotte
region is also served by 2 major interstate highways (I-85 and I-77), and their 2 spurs (I-277, and I-485). I-40 also passes through the center of Iredell County, which is the northern region of the Charlotte
metro. Other major freeways include Independence Boulevard (east Charlotte
to I-277), a portion of US 321 between Hickory and Gastonia, and the proposed Monroe Connector / Bypass, each projected to cost over $1 billion per project. Other important US highways in the region include: US 74 (east to Wilmington, west to Asheville and Chattanooga), US 52 (through the far eastern part of the region), US 321 (through Chester, York, Gastonia, Dallas, Lincolnton and Hickory), US 601 (passing east of Charlotte) and US 70 (through Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory). Primary state routes include NC/SC 49, NC 16 (which extends north to West Virginia), NC 73, NC 150, NC 18, NC 24, NC 27, SC 9 and SC 5. Air[edit] Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
is the main airport in the Charlotte
area and the 6th busiest in the country. In April 2007, Charlotte
was the fastest growing airport in the US.[9] The airport went on to surpass its sister US Airways
US Airways
hub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
as one of the 30 busiest airports in the world in terms of passenger traffic.[citation needed] A new terminal to the northwest of the center of the airport will be built in the near future, possibly as a Caribbean/Latin America international terminal. CLT is also supplemented by regional airports in Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, Monroe, Statesville, in North Carolina, as well as Rock Hill in South Carolina. Higher education[edit]

Barber–Scotia College Belmont Abbey College Carolinas College of Health Sciences Catawba College Catawba Valley Community College Charlotte
School of Law Central Piedmont Community College Cleveland Community College Clinton Junior College Davidson College Gardner–Webb University Gaston College Appalachian Center at Hickory Johnson & Wales University Johnson C. Smith University

King's College Lenoir-Rhyne University Livingstone College Mitchell Community College Montreat College Pfeiffer University Queens University of Charlotte Rowan–Cabarrus Community College South Piedmont Community College Stanly Community College Strayer University University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte University of South Carolina-Lancaster Wingate University Winthrop University York Technical College

Attractions[edit] Nature and geography[edit] The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
begin along the western edge of the region; the descent (the Fall Line) to the coastal plain begins along the eastern edge. Amid this varied topography, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and several state parks (Morrow Mountain, Crowders Mountain, South Mountains, Duke Power, Landsford Canal, Andrew Jackson) offer recreational possibilities, along with the Uwharrie National Forest just east and northeast of Albemarle, and the Sumter National Forest at the southwest corner of the area. Kings Mountain National Military Park is partially located in York County and in Cherokee County near Blacksburg, South Carolina. Cultural attractions[edit] Attractions in Charlotte
include the Harvey B. Gantt Center
Harvey B. Gantt Center
for African-American Arts + Cultural, Discovery Place, Spirit Square, NASCAR
Hall of Fame, the North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, the Charlotte Museum of History, Levine Museum of the New South, the McGill Rose Garden, and the Wing Haven Gardens. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum
Mint Museum
in Uptown Charlotte
Uptown Charlotte
are expanding the art venues in Charlotte. Other places of interest in the surrounding area include the Schiele Museum (in Gastonia), Carowinds
Theme Park (in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
North Carolina
and York County, South Carolina), Charlotte
Motor Speedway (in Concord), the Carolina Raptor Center (in Huntersville), Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
(in Belmont), Latta Plantation
Latta Plantation
(in Huntersville), Brattonsville Historic District
Brattonsville Historic District
(in McConnells), the North Carolina
North Carolina
Transportation Museum (in Spencer), Fort Dobbs historical site (in Statesville), Catawba County
Catawba County
Firefighters Museum (in Conover), the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley/Millholland Planetarium (in Hickory) the Museum of York County (in Rock Hill), James K. Polk
James K. Polk
historical site (in Pineville), the Catawba Cultural Center (in York County), the Museum of the Waxhaws (in Waxhaw), Glencairn Gardens (in Rock Hill), and the Reed Gold Mine (in Locust). Entertainment[edit] The PNC Music Pavilion is located in the University City area of Charlotte. The performing arts amphitheatre has hosted many popular music concerts. The U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center
(USNWC) is the world's premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. Alongside mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, and challenge course, the park's unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte
and provides roughly 400 acres (1.6 km2) of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors and casual observers share this world-class sports and training center. Inspired by the successful Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
built for the 2000 Olympics and the stadium built for the 2004 Athens Games, the USNWC is the world's largest multi-channel recirculating whitewater river. The USOC has designated the USNWC an official Olympic Training Site. Shopping[edit] SouthPark Mall is one of the Southern United States' most upscale malls, including stores such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Hermès, Neiman Marcus, and American Girl. SouthPark mall is also the largest mall in the Carolinas and one of the most-profitable malls in the United States. Other large regional-scale Shopping malls
Shopping malls
include Northlake Mall, Carolina Place Mall, Concord Mills, Charlotte
Premium Outlets (Exit 4, I-485), Phillips Place (across from SouthPark), RiverGate, Westfield Eastridge, Rock Hill Galleria, Plaza Fiesta, Carolina Mall, Monroe Crossing Mall, Signal Hill Mall, and Valley Hills Mall. Concord Mills is unique in that it does not feature the typical anchor stores found at other malls; it focuses more on attracting outlet store tenants. The mall is visited by over 15 million annually. Alongside enclosed malls and strip centers are several other shopping districts. Several downtowns can claim an abundance of shopping options, along with restaurants and other entertainment, and a few other specific districts have emerged: Central Avenue, especially in the Plaza-Midwood
area; the NoDa
area of North Charlotte; and the Arboretum in southeast Charlotte
(geographically, south), to offer a handful of examples. Several of these areas are at the center of the area's growing immigrant business communities. Sports[edit] In addition to Charlotte
Motor Speedway, there are plenty of other sports venues, including the BB&T Ballpark (home of the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox), Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers), and Spectrum Center (home of the NBA's Charlotte
Hornets, and the American Hockey League's Charlotte
Checkers). The Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte Eagles
of the United Soccer Leagues call the area home, and the Kannapolis Intimidators
Kannapolis Intimidators
and Hickory Crawdads
Hickory Crawdads
are Single-A Minor-League Baseball teams located in this region. Economy[edit] See also: List of companies in Charlotte Among the largest employers in the area (listed in order by number of local employees) are:[10]

Wells Fargo Atrium Health Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Bank of America City of Charlotte US Airways Duke Energy Presbyterian Healthcare Lowe's University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte AT&T Belk Family Dollar Food Lion IBM
in University Research Park Advance Auto Parts

Companies with headquarters in the region include Bank of America, Belk, BellSouth Telecommunications, Bojangles', The Compass Group, Carolina Beverage Corporation
Carolina Beverage Corporation
Inc. (makers of Sun Drop
Sun Drop
and Cheerwine), Duke Energy, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lance, Inc, LendingTree, Lowe's, Meineke Car Care Centers, Muzak, Nucor, Chiquita Brands International Transbotics, Royal & SunAlliance (USA), SPX Corporation, Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
(a business unit of Fortune 500 company Time Warner), and Wells Fargo. Charlotte
has gained fame as the second largest banking and finance center in the U.S., and the area's orientation towards emerging industries is seen in the success of the University Research Park
University Research Park
(the 7th largest research park in the country) and the redevelopment of part of the Pillowtex site in Kannapolis as a biotech research facility featuring the participation of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina
North Carolina
State University. Reflections Studios in Charlotte
played an important role in the emergent late-20th-century American musical underground – R.E.M., Pylon, Let's Active, Don Dixon and Charlotte's Fetchin Bones (among many others) all recorded influential and acclaimed albums there. Charlotte-based Ripete and Surfside Records maintain important catalogs of regional soul and beach music, and the area has also played a role in the history of gospel, bluegrass and country music. The Milestone, one of the first punk clubs in the South, is located in west Charlotte, and in the past hosted legendary appearances from the likes of R.E.M., Black Flag, Nirvana, The Minutemen, D.O.A., Bad Brains, Charlotte's Antiseen, and many others. Notable residents[edit]

Artists – Romare Bearden Astronauts – Charles Duke
Charles Duke
and Susan Helms Religious figures – Billy Graham Musicians – Earl Scruggs, George Clinton, Fred Durst, Prairie Prince, Blind Boy Fuller, Randy Travis Independent filmmakers – Tim Kirkman and Ross McElwee Actors – Randolph Scott, Berlinda Tolbert Politicians – Sue Myrick, Harvey Gantt, Elizabeth Dole
Elizabeth Dole
and Jesse Helms, Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
and James K. Polk Professional wrestlers – Ric Flair NASCAR
driver – Dale Earnhardt R&B singers Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and K-Ci & JoJo of Jodeci Writers – Carson McCullers

Government[edit] A majority of the municipalities and counties in the North Carolina parts of the Charlotte
metropolitan area belong to the Centralina Council of Governments. Cleveland County belongs to the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission and Alexander and Catawba counties belong to the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. See also[edit]

I-85 Corridor Piedmont Atlantic Piedmont Crescent The Upstate Catawba Nuclear Station
Catawba Nuclear Station
(35 miles north of the midpoint of Charlotte)

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Charlotte

Chamber of Commerce Charlotte
USA – The Charlotte
Regional Partnership NC SmartLink Metrolina traffic cameras


^ "Host City Information". July 18, 2009. Archived from the original on July 2017.  ^ Charlotte
Chamber of Commerce: Manufacturing in the Region
Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 03-04 Attachment" (PDF).  ^ "2016 US Census MSA population estimates". 2016-06-22.  ^ "U.S. Census Bureau
Census Bureau
CSAs".  ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder – Results". factfinder.census.gov.  ^ Charlotte
USA – Charlotte
Regional Partnership Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Census Bureau
Census Bureau
CSA List".  ^ "Fastest Growing". USA Today. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-28.  ^ Charlotte
USA – Regional Communities Archived January 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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City of Charlotte, North Carolina


Charlotteans Mecklenburg County Metrolina North Carolina Piedmont Neighborhoods Tallest buildings


Timeline Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Queen Charlotte Charlottetown Resolutions


Mayor of Charlotte: Vi Lyles Charlotte
City Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Public Library System Charlotte

Colleges and universities

University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte
School of Law Johnson C. Smith University Johnson & Wales University Queens University of Charlotte


Museums: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Billy Graham
Billy Graham
Library Carolinas Aviation Museum Discovery Place Harvey B. Gantt Center Levine Museum of the New South Mint Museum NASCAR
Hall of Fame

Performing Arts: North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center ImaginOn North Carolina
North Carolina
Music Factory PNC Music Pavilion Tremont Music Hall Charlotte
Philharmonic Orchestra

Parks: First Ward Park Freedom Park Independence Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway Reedy Creek Park Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden

Sports teams

Carolina Panthers–NFL Charlotte
Hornets–NBA Charlotte
Hounds–MLL Charlotte
Checkers–AHL Charlotte
Independence–United Soccer Leagues Charlotte
Knights–IL Charlotte
Rugby Club–RSL Charlotte
49ers–NCAA Division I Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University
Golden Bulls–NCAA Division II


Newspapers: The Charlotte
Observer The Charlotte
Post Creative Loafing Q-Notes Charlotte

Television: 3 WBTV
(CBS) 9 WSOC (ABC) 14 WHKY (Ind.) 18 WCCB
(Fox) 55 WMYT (MNT) 58 WUNG (PBS/UNC-TV) 64 WAXN (Ind.)


Atrium Health Center city Companies Convention Center


Area Transit System

Lynx Blue Line CityLynx Gold Line

Douglas International Airport

Roads: I-77 I-85 I-277 I-485 US 21 US 29 US 74 US 521 NC 16 NC 49 NC 51 NC 115 Route 4

Rail: Carolinian Crescent Piedmont

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Metropolitan Area


Alexander¶ Anson¶ Cabarrus Catawba¶ Chester Chesterfield¶ Cleveland‡ Gaston Iredell Lancaster Lincoln Mecklenburg Rowan Stanly‡ Union York

Major city


Municipalities and CDPs in the Charlotte
Metropolitan Area


Concord Gastonia Huntersville Rock Hill


Cornelius Hickory¶ Indian Trail Kannapolis Matthews Mint Hill Monroe Mooresville Salisbury Shelby‡ Statesville


Albemarle‡ Belmont Bessemer City Cheraw¶ Cherryville Chester Conover¶ Davidson Fort Mill Harrisburg Kings Mountain Lake Norman of Catawba¶ Lancaster Lincolnton Mount Holly Newton Pageland¶ Pineville Stallings South Gastonia St. Stephens¶ Unionville Wadesboro¶ Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel York


Bold = principal metro cities ‡ = places and counties part of CSA ¶ = sometimes included in metropolitan

North Carolina

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 State of North Carolina

Raleigh (capital)


Climate Geography

State Parks Wildlife

History Media

Newspapers Radio TV

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Tourist attractions

Seal of North Carolina



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Crime Demographics Economy Education Elections Gambling



Foothills High Country


Metrolina (Charlotte) Piedmont Triad Triangle


Sandhills Cape Fear Crystal Coast Inner Banks Outer Banks

Largest cities

Asheville Cary Chapel Hill Charlotte Concord Durham Fayetteville Gastonia Greensboro Greenville High Point Jacksonville Raleigh Wilmington Winston‑Salem

Smaller cities

Albemarle Apex Asheboro Burlington Conover Eden Elizabeth City Garner Goldsboro Graham Havelock Henderson Hendersonville Hickory Kannapolis Kings Mountain Kinston Laurinburg Lenoir Lexington Lumberton Monroe Morganton New Bern Newton Reidsville Roanoke Rapids Rocky Mount Salisbury Sanford Shelby Statesville Thomasville Wake Forest Wilson

Major towns

Beaufort Boone Brevard Carrboro Clayton Cornelius Dunn Fuquay-Varina Harrisburg Holly Springs Hope Mills Huntersville Indian Trail Kernersville Knightdale Leland Matthews Midland Mint Hill Mooresville Morehead City Morrisville Mount Pleasant Oxford Shallotte Smithfield Southern Pines Tarboro Waynesville Winterville


Alamance Alexander Alleghany Anson Ashe Avery Beaufort Bertie Bladen Brunswick Buncombe Burke Cabarrus Caldwell Camden Carteret Caswell Catawba Chatham Cherokee Chowan Clay Cleveland Columbus Craven Cumberland Currituck Dare Davidson Davie Duplin Durham Edgecombe Forsyth Franklin Gaston Gates Graham Granville Greene Guilford Halifax Harnett Haywood Henderson Hertford Hoke Hyde Iredell Jackson Johnston Jones Lee Lenoir Lincoln Macon Madison Martin McDowell Mecklenburg Mitchell Montgomery Moore Nash New Hanover Northampton Onslow Orange Pamlico Pasquotank Pender Perquimans Person Pitt Polk Randolph Richmond Robeson Rockingham Rowan Rutherford Sampson Scotland Stanly Stokes Surry Swain Transylvania Tyrrell Union Vance Wake Warren Washington Watauga Wayne Wilkes Wilson Yadkin Yancey

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 State of South Carolina

Columbia (capital)


Atlantic Coastal Plain Blue Ridge Mountains Grand Strand High Hills of Santee Lake Murray Country Lowcountry Metrolina Midlands Ninety-Six District Olde English District Pee Dee Piedmont Sandhills Sea Islands Upstate

Seal of South Carolina

Larger cities

Charleston Columbia Greenville North Charleston Rock Hill Spartanburg

Smaller cities

Aiken Anderson Beaufort Bennettsville Camden Cayce Conway Easley Florence Forest Acres Gaffney Georgetown Greenwood Greer Goose Creek Hilton Head Island Isle of Palms Laurens Lexington Mauldin Myrtle Beach North Augusta North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Simpsonville Summerville Sumter Union Walterboro West Columbia York


Abbeville Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Bluffton Clemson Darlington Dillon Edgefield Fort Mill Fountain Inn Great Falls Hardeeville Irmo Jefferson Kingstree Liberty Marion McCormick Moncks Corner Mount Pleasant Newberry Pageland Pendleton Pickens Seneca Sullivan's Island Travelers Rest Walhalla Westminster Williamston


Berea Carolina Forest Dentsville Gantt Garden City Ladson Parker Red Hill Saint Andrews Seven Oaks Socastee Taylors Wade Hampton


Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson Bamberg Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley Calhoun Charleston Cherokee Chester Chesterfield Clarendon Colleton Darlington Dillon Dorchester Edgefield Fairfield Florence Georgetown Greenville Greenwood Hampton Horry Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Laurens Lee Lexington Marion Marlboro McCormick Newberry Oconee Orangeburg Pickens Richland Saluda Spartanburg Sumter Union Williamsburg York


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The 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas of the United States of America


New York, NY Los Angeles, CA Chicago, IL Dallas, TX Houston, TX Washington, DC Philadelphia, PA Miami, FL Atlanta, GA Boston, MA San Francisco, CA Phoenix, AZ Riverside-San Bernardino, CA Detroit, MI Seattle, WA Minneapolis, MN San Diego, CA Tampa, FL Denver, CO St. Louis, MO

Baltimore, MD Charlotte, NC San Juan, PR Orlando, FL San Antonio, TX Portland, OR Pittsburgh, PA Sacramento, CA Cincinnati, OH Las Vegas, NV Kansas City, MO Austin, TX Columbus, OH Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN San Jose, CA Nashville, TN Virginia Beach, VA Providence, RI Milwaukee, WI

Jacksonville, FL Memphis, TN Oklahoma City, OK Louisville, KY Richmond, VA New Orleans, LA Hartford, CT Raleigh, NC Birmingham, AL Buffalo, NY Salt Lake City, UT Rochester, NY Grand Rapids, MI Tucson, AZ Honolulu, HI Tulsa, OK Fresno, CA Bridgeport, CT Worcester, MA Albuquerque, NM

Omaha, NE Albany, NY New Haven, CT Bakersfield, CA Knoxville, TN Greenville, SC Oxnard, CA El Paso, TX Allentown, PA Baton Rouge, LA McAllen, TX Dayton, OH Columbia, SC Greensboro, NC Sarasota, FL Little Rock, AR Stockton, CA Akron, OH Charleston, SC Colorado Springs, CO

Syracuse, NY Winston-Salem, NC Cape Coral, FL Boise, ID Wichita, KS Springfield, MA Madison, WI Lakeland, FL Ogden, UT Toledo, OH Deltona, FL Des Moines, IA Jackson, MS Augusta, GA Scranton, PA Youngstown, OH Harrisburg, PA Provo, UT Palm Bay, FL Chattanooga, TN

United States Census Bureau
Census Bureau
population estimates for July 1, 2012

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