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"The Queen City," "Hornet's Nest"

Charlotte is a city in Mecklenburg County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of George III

The latitude of Charlotte is 35.226N. The longitude is -80.843W.

Elevation is 751 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 584,658.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$46,975
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Charlotte demographic reports
Charlotte is in the Piedmont, near the South Carolina border
Former and merged names include:
· Charlottesburgh
Major gold-producing center, until the 1848 California gold rush. Later, cotton brought prosperity

Last cabinet meeting of the Confederacy was held here, in 1865

Public transportation: Charlotte Area Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Charlotte received national attention for the fall of televangelist Jim Bakker, who admitted to an extramarital affair with church secretary Jessica Hahn. He was later found guilty of defrauding church followers of an estimated $158 million
Filming location for:
· 1990 movie, "Days of Thunder"
· 2001 movie, "Shallow Hal"
· 2006 movie, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
· 1985 movie, "The Color Purple"
Census 2000 highlights: City with the ninth largest population growth in the 1990s (113,844 people)
Well-known residents have included:
· Rev. Billy Graham, religious leader
· Michael J. Fox, football player
· Donald Schollander, swimmer, Olympic medallist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Art & Soul of the South End Festival - April 28-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Charlotte web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Charlotte attractions: Carowinds theme park
Sports teams: Carolina Panthers (NFL), Sting (WNBA), Checkers (East Coast Hockey League), Eagles (USL soccer), Bobcats (NBA), Knights (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Mint Museum of Art, Museum of the New South, Charlotte Museum of History / Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place, Historic Rosedale Plantation, Carolinas Aviation Museum
Colleges and universities: University of North Carolina, Johnson C. Smith University, Queens College, Kings College, Brookstone College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 119

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Neighborhoods in Charlotte include Elizabeth, First Ward, Fourth Ward, Merry Oaks, Second Ward, Third Ward ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Charlotte include Elizabeth, First Ward, Fourth Ward, Merry Oaks, Second Ward, Third Ward ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Charlotte demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Mecklenburg County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Charlotte area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28205 ZIP code.

Charlotte, NC locator map
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Charlotte Web sites

Ancestry & family history

10% of Charlotte residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Charlotte ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charlotte was $26,823, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

36% of Charlotte residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Entertainment
Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
Charlotte festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.



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Government
Guides to Charlotte
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History

Historic districts in Charlotte include Croft Historic District, Dilworth Historic District, Elizabeth Historic District, Myers Park Historic District, North Charlotte Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Charlotte, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $596.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,158.


Jobs
Libraries

Libraries in Charlotte include Beatties Ford Road Branch Library, Belmont Center Branch, Carmel Branch Library, Cityview Branch Library, Coulwood Branch Library, Hickory Grove Branch Library, Independence Branch Library, Law & Government Library, Mint Hill Branch Library, Morrison Regional Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Charlotte include Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Weekly

TV stations in Charlotte include WBTV, WCCB, WCNC, WSOC, WTVI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFAE.

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Politics

Mecklenburg County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charlotte political report.

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Restaurants

Charlotte restaurants taking online reservations include Aquavina, Blue Restaurant, Bonterra, Capital Grille - Charlotte, Flat Rock Grille, La Bibliotheque, Latorre's Restaurant, Lava Bistro, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Charlotte (Southpark Mall), McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Charlotte (Tryon Street) ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Charlotte workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 148 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Charlotte between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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