Charlotte, North Carolina combines Southern charm with the resources and opportunities of a cosmopolitan city. In July 2005, Charlotte's population reached 610, 949. As the largest city between Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas, Charlotte is known as the "International Gateway to the South" as well as "the Queen City." And Charlotte isn't too far from Nashville, TN or Atlanta, GA.
People flock to Charlotte for a multitude of reasons--probably because the city offers a multitude of activities. Sports fans can watch the 2003 NFC Champion Carolina Panthers in the fall and winter or catch the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge in the spring. For arts and culture lovers, Charlotte has the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which features nationally touring Broadway shows. Discovery Place, a hands-on science museum, teaches children and adults about the world around us.
In the past few decades, Charlotte's economic base has switched from textiles to business and banking. While the city has made significant contributions in these industries, Charlotte has a balanced and vibrant economy that includes many sectors and career paths. Charlotte is home to multinational businesses as well as many small ones. In 2005, the per capita income for the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord region was $34,816.
Some of Charlotte's major employers include:
- Wachovia Corporation
- Carolinas HealthCare System
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
- Bank of America
- US Airways
- Duke Energy Corporation
With so many colleges and universities in and around Charlotte, educational and career opportunities abound. Consider Charlotte as a place to learn, grow, work, and live.
For more information on colleges and universities in North Carolina, explore our North Carolina state page.