Mayor: Daniel G. Clodfelter (to Nov. 2017)
2010 census population (rank): 731,424 (17); Male: 353,511 (49.0%); Female: 377,913 (51.0%); White: 365,384 (50.0%); Black: 256,241 (35.0%); American Indian and Alaska Native: 3,483 (0.5%); Asian: 36,403 (5.0%); Other race: 49,928 (6.8%); Two or more races: 19,404 (2.7%); Hispanic/Latino: 95,688 (13.1%). 2010 population 18 and over: 546,773; 65 and over: 62,016; Median age: 32.7.
2014 population estimate (rank): 809,958 (17)
Land area: 242 sq mi. (627 sq km);
Alt.: 765 ft.
Avg. daily temp.: Jan., 39.3° F; July, 79.3° F
Churches: Protestant, over 500; Roman Catholic, 13; Jewish, 3; Greek Orthodox, 1;
City-owned parks and parkways: 150+;
Radio stations: AM, 10; FM, 19;
Television stations: 6 commercial; 1 PBS
Civilian Labor Force (2013): 442,966;
Percent unemployed: 10.2%,
Per capita personal income (2013) : $30,955
Chamber of Commerce: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 330 S. Tryon St., P.O. Box 32785, Charlotte, NC, 28232
Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city and the seat of Mecklenburg County, is located in the southern part of the state near the South Carolina border. It was named for King George III of England's wife, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Settled about 1750, Charlotte was incorporated as a city in 1768 and made the county seat in 1774. From 1800 to 1848, Charlotte was the center of U.S. gold production. A branch of the U.S. mint operated there from 1837 to 1913. Charlotte was a leading Confederate city during the Civil War and was the last meeting place of the full Confederate cabinet.
Charlotte is the second-largest banking center in the United States, and two of the nation's top banks, Wachovia and Bank of America, are headquartered there. Other major employers are the education, health care, government, technology, and communications sectors. The city is a hub for US Airways.
Charlotte is the home of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1946) as well as the Carolina Panthers and Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Charlotte hosted the 2012 National Democratic Convention.
See also Encyclopedia: Charlotte.
Selected famous natives and residents:
- Romare Bearden artist;
- Richard G. Darman government official;
- Billy Graham evangelist;
- Charles Gwathmey architect;
- Hamilton Jordan government official;
- Donald Schollander swimmer;
- Randolph Scott actor.