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Overview

Introduction to Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is one of the 25 largest cities in the United States and also the largest city in North Carolina. It is located in south/central North Carolina. It is home to over 10 Fortune 1000 companies, including household names such as Bank of America, Lowe's, and Wachovia Corp.

Charlotte has a humid sub-tropical climate that is characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. The coldest month of the year is January with an average daily temperature of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the hottest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Charlotte History

Charlotte was founded at the intersection of two Native American trading paths. It was incorporated as the village of Charlotte Town in 1768. The city is named after the wife of British King George III.

Some key dates in Charlotte's history include:

  • In 1780, the Revolutionary War Battle of Charlotte occurred and Charlotte was occupied by the British. They left Charlotte less than a month later
  • In 1795, James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States, was born near Charlotte
  • In 1799, gold was discovered. The resulting Reed Gold Mine was the first gold mine in the United States. It operated until 1912
  • In 1837, the U.S. Congress established a mint at Charlotte to produce coins from the gold found in the area
  • On May 20, 1861, North Carolina seceded from the Union and was admitted to the Confederacy seven days later. The U.S. Mint in Charlotte was appropriated for use by the Confederacy

Charlotte Arts and Culture

Charlotte is a center for arts and culture. Charlotte offers museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Charlottes's more notable museums include:

  • The Charlotte Museum of History
  • The Charlotte Nature Museum
  • Discovery Place
  • The Levine Museum of the New South
  • The Mint Museum of Art
  • The Mint Museum of Craft and Design

For patrons of the performing arts, Charlotte is home to many wonderful performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:

  • The Charlotte Civic Orchestra
  • The Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Charlotte Repertory Theatre
  • The Charlotte Symphony
  • The Children's Theatre of Charlotte
  • The Moving Poets Theater of Dance
  • NC Dance Theater
  • The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
  • Opera Carolina
  • Theatre Charlotte

Charlotte Sports and Leisure

Charlotte has plenty to offer even the most avid sports fan. Charlotte is home to the following major sports teams:

  • Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Charlotte Knights. The Knights are a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
  • Basketball - The National Basketball Association (NBA) Charlotte Bobcats, and the WNBA Charlotte Sting.
  • Football - The National Football League (NFL) Carolina Panthers.
  • Hockey - The ECHL Charlotte Checkers.
  • Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL) Second Division Charlotte Eagles, and the USL W-League Charlotte Lady Eagles.

Charlotte is also home to the NCAA College Football Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Charlotte can also lay claim to being the NASCAR capital of the United States. The majority of NASCAR teams and race shops are located close to Charlotte, and almost three quarters of American motor sports employees are located within a couple of hours of Charlotte. The Lowes Motor Speedway is located in nearby Concord, North Carolina. Charlotte has also been selected as the future home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame (scheduled to open in 2009).

Charlotte "Must See" Attractions

Charlotte has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Charlotte's more notable and unique attractions include:

  • The Fourth Ward neighborhood
  • The James K. Polk Memorial
  • The Lowes Motor Speedway
  • The Mint Museum of Art
  • The Mint Museum of Craft and Design
  • The Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

Charlotte at Night

For the most up to date information about events, happenings, night clubs, performances, and restaurants check out the "Entertainment Section" of The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte Magazine is another good source of information about events.

Charlotte Higher Education

Notable colleges in Charlotte include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and Queens University of Charlotte. UNC Charlotte, for one, offers a wide range of program options both on campus and online, including degrees in engineering, nursing, and teaching.

People

Total Population 792,137
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 392,957
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.3%
Median Earnings25+ $36,307
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,369
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,658

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,887
% Above Poverty Level 83.2%
% Below Poverty Level 16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $926
Median House Value $172,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 7.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Charlotte Almanac

Category Value
County Mecklenburg
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28202, 28203, 28204, 28205, 28206, 28207, 28208, 28209, 28210, 28211, 28212, 28213, 28214, 28215, 28216, 28217, 28223, 28226, 28227, 28244, 28246, 28254, 28262, 28269, 28270, 28273, 28277, 28278, 28280, 28281, 28282, 28284, 28285, 28287
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28201, 28218, 28219, 28220, 28221, 28222, 28224, 28229, 28230, 28231, 28232, 28233, 28234, 28235, 28236, 28237, 28241, 28247, 28256, 28260, 28265, 28266, 28271, 28272, 28275, 28297, 28299
Company Zip Codes 28228, 28242, 28243, 28250, 28253, 28255, 28258, 28274, 28288, 28289, 28290, 28296
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.226
Longitude -80.843

Charlotte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHARLOTTE DGLAS INTL AP
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station GASTONIA
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station MONROE 4 SE
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 10,387 $68,558
Harrisburg 13,883 $85,930
Matthews 29,352 $87,045
Mint Hill 24,545 $79,540
Mount Holly 13,924 $66,469
Pineville 8,066 $55,257

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Charlotte Public Libraries

Library
Public Library Of Charlotte Mecklenburg Cnty
310 NORTH TRYON STREET
Charlotte, North Carolina
(704) 336-2720
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Charlotte Hospitals

CAROLINAS MEDICAL CENTER/BEHAV HEALTH
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1000 BLYTHE BLVD
(704) 355-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

CAROLINAS MED CENTER-MERCY
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
2001 VAIL AVE
(704) 379-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

PRESBYTERIAN-ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1901 RANDOLPH RD
(704) 316-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

CAROLINAS MED CTR-UNIVERSITY
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
8800 NORTH TYRON STREET
(704) 548-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
200 HAWTHORNE LANE BOX 33549
(704) 384-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Charlotte High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

INDEPENDENCE HIGH
1967 PATRIOT DR
980-343-6900
Serves 2,729 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

MYERS PARK HIGH
2400 COLONY RD
980-343-5800
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,613 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

PROVIDENCE HIGH
1800 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD
980-343-5390
Serves 2,436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

ZEBULON B VANCE HIGH
7600 IBM ROAD
980-343-5284
Serves 2,418 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.1

EAST MECKLENBURG HIGH
6800 MONROE RD
980-343-6430
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,275 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

SOUTH MECKLENBURG HIGH
8900 PARK RD
980-343-3600
Serves 2,216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

HOPEWELL HIGH
11530 BEATTIES FORD ROAD
980-343-5988
Serves 2,048 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

WEST MECKLENBURG HIGH
7400 TUCKASEEGEE RD
980-343-6080
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,524 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

GARINGER HIGH
1100 EASTWAY DR
980-343-6450
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,488 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

WEST CHARLOTTE HIGH
2219 SENIOR DR
980-343-6060
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,483 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

HARDING UNIVERSITY HIGH
2001 ALLEGHANY ST
980-343-6007
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,409 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

OLYMPIC HIGH
4301 SANDY PORTER RD
980-343-3800
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,387 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

NORTHWEST HIGH
1415 BEATTIES FORD
980-343-5500
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

E E WADDELL HIGH
7030 NATIONS FORD ROAD
980-343-6769
Serves 1,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

DERITA ALTERNATIVE
2300 W SUGAR CREEK ROAD
980-343-5231
A Non-traditional School
Serves 280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

CROSSROADS CHARTER HIGH
5500 N TRYON STEET
704-597-5100
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 254 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

MIDWOOD HIGH/TATE TAPS
1817 CENTRAL AVE
980-343-6011
A Non-traditional School
Serves 245 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

KENNEDY CHARTER
1717 SHARON ROAD WEST
704-688-2939
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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