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Encyclopedia > Charlotte, North Carolina
City of Charlotte
Skyline of Charlotte at night
Official flag of City of Charlotte
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Nickname: "The Queen City"
Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°13′37″N 80°50′36″W / 35.22694, -80.84333
Country Flag of the United States United States
State North Carolina
County Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Government
 - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R)
Area
 - Total 280.5 sq mi (629.0 km²)
 - Land 279.9 sq mi (627.5 km²)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km²)
Elevation 751 ft (229 m)
Population (Population (estimate Jan.1,2007))
 - City 664,332
 - Density 2,515.7/sq mi (971.3/km²)
 - Metro 2,191,604
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-12000GR2
GNIS feature ID 1019610GR3
Website: http://www.charmeck.org/

Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 20th largest city in the United States. It has a 2006 estimated population of approximately 664,342[1] as of January 1, 2007. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County,GR6 and is located in the south-central part of the state in the Piedmont region, near the South Carolina border. The city's economy has and is continuing to mature starting in the 1990s and continuing through the 2000s to become dominated by financial services, as well as retail commerce. 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Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Ten most populous cities in the United States Los Angeles San Jose San Diego Phoenix Chicago New York City Houston San Antonio Dallas Philadelphia The following is a list of the most populous incorporated places in the United States. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The James River winds its way among piedmont hills in central Virginia. ... 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Nicknamed The Queen City, Charlotte (as well as the county containing it) was named in honor of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George III of the United Kingdom. During the American Revolution the British Commander in the Southern Colonies, General Cornwallis, occupied Charlotte but was driven out soon afterwards by the fierce opposition of the city's residents to British rule. Cornwallis famously wrote that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion", leading to another city nickname: The Hornet's Nest. Queen Charlotte, (née Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was the queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820). ... George III (George William Frederick) (4 June 1738–29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain, and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until 1 January 1801, and thereafter King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (December 31, 1738-October 5, 1805) was a British general and colonial governor. ...


The Charlotte metropolitan area (MSA) had a census estimated population of 1,583,016 in 2006. As of 2006, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury combined statistical area (CSA) had a population of 2,191,604.[3] A resident of Charlotte is referred to as a Charlottean (IPA: [ˌʃaɹləˈtʰiːən). Counties most commonly associated with the Charlote Metro area are in dark red, counties often included are light red, and counties sometimes included are in orange. ... MSA can mean Medical savings account is the former name for what is now called the Health savings account (HSA) in the United States. ... The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ...

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History

Horse-drawn carriage in uptown Charlotte

The area that is now Charlotte was first settled in 1755 when Thomas Polk (uncle of United States President James K. Polk), who was traveling with Thomas Spratt and his family, stopped and built his house of residence at the intersection of two Native American trading paths between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers.[4] One of the paths ran north-south and was part of the Great Wagon Road; the second path ran east-west along what is now modern-day Trade Street. In the early part of the 18th century, the Great Wagon Road led settlers of Scots-Irish and German descent from Pennsylvania into the Carolina foothills. Within the first decades following Polk's settling, the area grew to become the community of "Charlotte Town," which officially incorporated as a town in 1768.[5] The crossroads, perched atop a long rise in the Piedmont landscape, became the heart of modern Uptown Charlotte. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2970 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2970 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. President. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... The Yadkin River at Elkin, North Carolina The Yadkin River is the second longest river in North Carolina, surpassed only by the Cape Fear. ... The Catawba River is a tributary of the Wateree River, approximately 220 mi (354 km) long, in the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina. ... The Great Wagon Road, which ran from Pennsylvania to Georgia, was one of the most heavily traveled major routes for settlers in all America. ... Scots-Irish (also called Ulster Scots) is a Scottish ethnic group that historically resided in Ireland which ultimately traces its roots back to settlers from Scotland, and to a lesser extent, England. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Largest metro area Delaware Valley Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... The Foothills in the U.S. state of North Carolina is a region of transistional terrain between the Piedmont Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. ... A Municipal corporation is a legal definition for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, towns, townships, villages, and boroughs. ... The James River winds its way among piedmont hills in central Virginia. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1770, surveyors marked off the new town's streets in a grid pattern for future development. The east-west trading path became Trade Street, and the Great Wagon Road became Tryon Street, in honor of William Tryon, a royal governor of colonial North Carolina.[6] The intersection of Trade and Tryon is known as "Trade & Tryon" or simply "The Square".[4] The grid plan is a type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other, forming a grid. ... William Tryon (January 27, 1729 to 1788) was colonial governor of the Province of North Carolina (1765-1771) and the Province of New York (1771-1780, though he did not retain much power in the colony beyond 1777). ...


Both the town (now a city) and its county are named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the German-born wife of British King George III. The town name was chosen in hopes of winning favor with the crown,[7] but tensions between the United Kingdom and Charlotte Town began to grow as King George imposed unpopular laws on the citizens in response to the townspeople's desire for independence.[8] On May 20, 1775, the townsmen allegedly signed a proclamation later known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a copy of which was sent, though never officially presented, to the Continental Congress a year later.[9] The date of the declaration appears on the North Carolina state flag. Eleven days later, the same townsmen met to create and endorse the Mecklenburg Resolves, a set of laws to govern the newly independent town.[10] Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Queen Charlotte, (née Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was the queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820). ... “George III” redirects here. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1775 (MDCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is a resolution allegedly proclaimed at Charlotte, North Carolina, by the Committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County on May 20, 1775. ... The Continental Congress was the first national government of the United States. ... The flag of North Carolina is defined by law as follows That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right of... The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is a resolution allegedly proclaimed at Charlotte, North Carolina, by the Committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County on May 20, 1775. ...


Charlotte was a site of encampment for both American and British armies during the Revolutionary War and, during a series of skirmishes between British troops and Charlotteans, the village earned the lasting nickname "Hornet's Nest" from frustrated Lord General Charles Cornwallis.[11] An ideological hotbed of revolutionary sentiment during the Revolutionary War and for some time afterwards, the legacy endures today in the nomenclature of such landmarks as Independence Boulevard, Independence High School, Independence Center, Freedom Park, Freedom Drive, and the former NBA team Charlotte Hornets. This article is about military actions only. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... U.S. Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Independence High School (or, The Big I) is a high school in Mint Hill, North Carolina, southeast of Charlotte. ... NBA redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Churches, mainly of the Presbyterian faith, but also Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Catholics, began to form in the early 1800s, eventually giving Charlotte its nickname "The City of Churches."[12] Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ...


In 1799, 12-year-old Conrad Reed brought home a rock weighing about 17 pounds, which the family used as a bulky doorstop for three years before it was recognized by a jeweler as near solid gold and bought for a paltry $3.50.[13] The first verified gold find in the fledgling United States, young Reed's discovery became the genesis of the nation's first gold rush. Many veins of gold were found in the area throughout the 1800s and even into the early 1900s, thus the founding of the Charlotte Mint in 1837 for minting local gold. The state of North Carolina "led the nation in gold production until the California Gold Rush of 1848,"[14] although the total volume of gold mined in the Charlotte area was dwarfed by subsequent rushes. Charlotte's city population at the 1880 Census grew to 7,084.[15] Some locally based groups still pan for gold occasionally in local (mostly rural) streams and creeks. The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912. The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized the mint at the outbreak of the Civil War. The mint was not reopened at the end of the war, but the building survives today, albeit in a different location, now housing the Mint Museum of Art. The Reed Gold Mine, located in Midland, North Carolina is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. ... For other meanings, see Gold rush (disambiguation) A California Gold Rush handbill A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ... With the Carolina gold rush in full swing, the Charlotte Mint was born on March 3, 1835. ... 1880 US Census The United States Census of 1880 was the tenth United States Census. ... Miners operate a hydraulic sluice in San Francisquito Canyon, Los Angeles County. ... The Reed Gold Mine, located in Midland, North Carolina, USA is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. ... With the Carolina gold rush in full swing, the Charlotte Mint was born on March 3, 1835. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Mint Museum of Art is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a building that once housed the Charlotte Mint. ...


The city's first boom came after the Civil War, as a cotton processing center and a railroad hub. Population leapt again during World War I, when the U.S. government established Camp Greene north of present-day Wilkinson Boulevard. Many soldiers and suppliers stayed after the war, launching an ascent that eventually overtook older and more established rivals along the arc of the Carolina Piedmont.[16] The Piedmont Cresecent is geographical phenomenon of interlinked populated areas in the U.S. state of North Carolina that forms the shape of a crescent. ...


The city's modern-day banking industry achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, largely under the leadership of financier Hugh McColl. McColl transformed North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) into a formidable national player that, through a series of aggressive acquisitions, eventually became Bank of America. Another bank, First Union, experienced similar growth, and is now known as Wachovia after a merger. Today, measured by control of assets, Charlotte is the second largest banking headquarters in the United States after New York City.[17] Financier (IPA: /ËŒfi nãn ˈsjei/) is an elegant term for a person who handles large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. ... Hugh McColl (born June 18, 1935) is an American banker who was a driving force behind the consolidation that characterizes the commercial banking industry today. ... North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) was the name taken in 1960 by American Commercial Bank of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. ... First Union Corporation was a large banking chain based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For Moravian settlements in North Carolina, see Wachovia, North Carolina. ...


Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 242.9 square miles (629 square kilometers). Out of that, 242.3 sq. mi. (627.5 km²) of it is land and 0.6 sq. mi. (1.6 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.25% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Charlotte constitutes most of Mecklenburg County in the Carolina Piedmont. Uptown Charlotte, so named because it sits atop a long rise between two creeks, was built on the gunnies of the St. Catherine's and Rudisill gold mines. Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The James River winds its way among piedmont hills in central Virginia. ... Gunnies is a mining term derived from the Cornish language. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... Chuquicamata, the second largest open pit copper mine in the world, Chile. ...


Charlotte's elevation is 748 feet above sea level (at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport).


A 2007 American Lung Association report[18] ranks Charlotte as having the 16th highest levels of smog among U.S. cities; however, the region's air quality has improved significantly in recent years, and is expected to continue to do so, even with increasing travel. [19] The American Lung Association is a non-profit organization which fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. It was founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. ... It has been suggested that Haze be merged into this article or section. ...


Charlotte is located in North America's humid subtropical climate zone. The city has mild winters and hot, humid summers. In January, morning lows average around 0 °C (32 °F) and afternoon highs average 11 °C (51 °F). In July, lows average 22 °C (71 °F) and highs average 32 °C (90 °F). The highest recorded temperature was 40 °C (104 °F) on September 6, 1954 and during the August 2007 Southeastern heat wave.[20] The lowest recorded temperature was -21 °C (-5 °F) in January 1985. Charlotte's location puts it in the direct path of subtropical moisture from the Gulf as it heads up the eastern seaboard along the jet stream, thus the city receives ample precipitation throughout the year but also a very large number of clear, sunny, and pleasantly warm days. On average, Charlotte receives about 1105.3 mm (43.52 in) of precipitation annually, including very little snow and more frequent ice-storms. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... The humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and chilly to mild winters. ...

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high [°C](°F) 12 (54) 13 (56) 18 (64) 23 (73) 27 (80) 31 (87) 32 (90) 31 (88) 28 (82) 23 (73) 17 (63) 12 (54) 22 (72)
Avg low temperature [°C](°F) 0 (32) 1 (34) 6 (42) 9 (49) 14 (58) 19 (66) 22 (71) 21 (69) 17 (63) 11(51) 6 (42) 2 (35) 11 (51)
Rainfall (millimeters)(inches) 101.6 (4.00) 90.2 (3.55) 111.5 (4.39) 74.9 (2.95) 93.0 (2.66) 86.9 (3.42) 96.3 (3.79) 94.5 (3.72) 97.3 (3.83) 93.0 (3.66) 85.3 (3.36) 80.8 (3.18) 1105.3 (43.52)

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Major storms

In 1989, the city took a direct hit from Hurricane Hugo. Passing through Charlotte with wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph), Hugo caused massive property damage and knocked out power to 98% of the population. Many residents were without power for several weeks and cleanup took months to complete. Being a city far inland, residents, city government and the utilities were not prepared to handle such a powerful hurricane. Over 80,000 trees were destroyed in Charlotte. Lowest pressure 918 mbar (hPa; 27. ...


In December 2002, Charlotte (and much of central North Carolina) was hit by a massive ice storm that knocked out power to over 1.2 million Duke Power customers. According to a Duke Energy representative: "This ice storm surpasses the damage from Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which had 696,000 outages." During an abnormally cold December, many were without power for more than two weeks.


Neighborhoods

  • Uptown: central business district composed of first four wards
  • Cotswold: intersection of Randolph and Sharon Amity roads
  • South End: directly south of Uptown
  • Dilworth: southwest of Uptown
  • Elizabeth: along Elizabeth Avenue
  • Myers Park: south of South End
  • Plaza-Midwood: east of Uptown and along The Plaza
  • North Charlotte: northeast of Uptown
  • NoDa: Arts District, around North Davidson Street
  • SouthPark: intersection of Sharon Road and Fairview Road (Includes Morrocroft and Foxcroft)
  • University City: extreme northeast around UNC Charlotte
  • Eastland: large portion of eastern Charlotte
  • Starmount: South Boulevard area
  • Ballantyne: Upscale Area, along the NC/SC border
  • The Arboretum: along Pineville-Matthews Road
  • Steele Creek: southwestern Mecklenburg, including Charlotte
  • Biddleville: western Charlotte along Beatties Ford Road
  • Derita: north of I-85 along West Sugar Creek Road
  • Nations Ford: southwestern Charlotte, near Steele Creek
  • Sedgefield: south of DilworthGR3
  • Quail Hollow: South of Dilworth, in between SouthPark and Pineville.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... Night skyline of Charlotte Center City Charlotte center city (also known as Uptown Charlotte) is the area comprising the township and original city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Cotswold area of Charlotte, North Carolina takes its name for a large shopping center located at Randolph and Sharon Amity Roads. ... Historic South End has its beginning in the 1850s with Charlottes first railroad line, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. As time passed a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the booming textile industry. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Elizabeth takes its name from Elizabeth College, a small Lutheran women’s college founded in 1897 on the present-day site of Presbyterian Hospital. ... Myers Park is a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. ... Central Avenue as it passes through Plaza-Midwood Plaza-Midwood, is a neighborhood located approximately one mile to the northeast of Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... North Charlotte is a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Noda (Japanese: 野田市; -shi) is a city located in Chiba, Japan. ... This article is about the animated television series. ... University City, or simply University, is an edge city within the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounding the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) campus. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Eastland is an area in Charlotte, North Carolina it comprises a majority of the citys east side and is home to Eastland Mall. ... Starmount is a residential neighborhood in the South Boulevard area of South Charlotte. ... Ballantyne is a planned mixed-use development that has grown exponentially in recent years and lies in the southernmost part of Charlotte, along the North and South Carolina border. ... The Arboretum is situated a few miles south of central Charlotte, along Pineville-Matthews Road, and was developed primarily around the Arboretum Shopping Center. ... Steele Creek is primarily considered to be a community and neighborhood in the southwestern part of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. ... Biddleville, locally know as The Ford, is located west of Uptown along Beaties Ford Road. ... Derita is located north of I-85 and south of W.T. Harris Blvd and is generally centered on West Sugar Creek Road between North Graham Street and Nevin Road. ... Sedgefield is another historic neighborhood just south of Dilworth. ... Quail Hollow is a neighborhood in south Charlotte roughly located in between Park Road and Carmel Road, south of Dilworth and north of Ballantyne and Pineville. ...

Economy

Bank of America Corporate Center building in the background, the tallest skyscraper between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Latta Arcade Restaurants with the Wachovia Bank Building in background
Latta Arcade Restaurants with the Wachovia Bank Building in background

Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, and, based on assets, both the nation's second largest and fourth largest financial institutions call the city home (Bank of America and Wachovia, respectively). Bank of America' headquarters, along with other regional banking and financial services companies, are located primarily in the uptown financial district. Thanks in large part to the expansion of the city's banking industry, the Charlotte skyline has mushroomed in the past two decades and boasts the Bank of America Corporate Center, the tallest skyscraper between Philadelphia and Atlanta. The 60-story postmodern gothic tower, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, stands 871 feet tall and was completed in 1992. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... The Bank of America Corporate Center is an 871 ft (265m) skyscraper in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixels, file size: 433 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Christina Watkins, Digital Camera Photo, Released to public domain I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixels, file size: 433 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Christina Watkins, Digital Camera Photo, Released to public domain I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. ... For Moravian settlements in North Carolina, see Wachovia, North Carolina. ... For other uses, see Skyline (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Pellis Petronas Twin Tower César Pelli (born October 12, 1926 in Tucumán, Argentina) is a noted architect known for designing some of the worlds tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. ...


The following Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Charlotte metropolitan area: The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... Headquarters denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are concentrated. ... Counties most commonly associated with the Charlote Metro area are in dark red, counties often included are light red, and counties sometimes included are in orange. ...

Other major companies headquartered in the Metro Charlotte include Time Warner Cable (a business unit of Fortune 500 company Time Warner), Continental Tire North America (formerly Continental/General Tire), Muzak, Belk, Harris Teeter, Meineke Car Care Centers, Lance, Inc, Bojangles' , Carlisle Companies, LendingTree, Compass Group USA and Food Lion in suburban Salisbury. Also, neighboring Gastonia is home to Choice Beverage, Inc., makers of SunDrop and Cheerwine, and Parkdale Mills world headquarters. Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. ... Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina Duke Energy NYSE: DUK, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is an energy company with assets in the United States (primarily North and South Carolina), Canada and Latin America. ... A typical Family Dollar store. ... The Goodrich Corporation (formerly the B.F. Goodrich Company) NYSE: GR, based in Charlotte is an American aerospace manufacturing company. ... “Lowes” redirects here. ... Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) is one of the largest steel producers in the United States, and the largest of the mini-mill operators (those using electric arc furnaces to melt scrap steel, as opposed to companies using traditional blast furnace technology). ... Sonic Automotive, Inc. ... SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPW) is a Fortune 500 company founded in 1911, and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For Moravian settlements in North Carolina, see Wachovia, North Carolina. ... Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) is an American national cable television company that operates in 27 states and has 31 operating divisions. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies. ... Belk, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the United States largest privately held department store chain. ... Harris Teeter is a chain of upscale supermarkets based in Matthews, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte. ... Meineke is a company which runs a franchise chain of automotive service centers. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Bojangles is a regional chain of fast food restaurants in the United States, specializing in fried chicken and biscuits. ... LendingTree, LLC is an online lending exchange, providing a marketplace that connects consumers with lenders that compete for their business. ... Food Lion LLC is an American grocery store company headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina that operates approximately 1,300 supermarkets in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states under the Food Lion, Harveys, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, and Reids nameplates. ...


Charlotte is also a major center in the US motorsports industry, with NASCAR having multiple offices in and around Charlotte. Approximately 75% of the industry's employees and drivers are based within two hours of downtown Charlotte. Charlotte is also the future home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, expected to be completed in 2009. The center city/uptown area of Charlotte has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. Numerous residential units continue to be built uptown, including over 20 skyscapers either under construction, recently completed, or in the planning stage. Many new restaurants, bars and clubs now operate in the uptown area. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR has committed itself to building a Hall of Fame at some location in the southern or midwestern United States. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Law, government and politics

Charlotte has a council-manager form of government. The mayor and city council are elected every two years, with no term limits. The mayor is ex officio chairman of the city council, and only votes in case of a tie. Unlike other mayors in council-manager systems, Charlotte's mayor has the power to veto ordinances passed by the council; vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds majority of the council. The council appoints a city manager to serve as chief administrative officer. The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A local ordinance is a law usually found in a municipal code. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ...


Unlike other cities and towns in North Carolina, elections are held on a partisan basis. The current mayor of Charlotte is Pat McCrory, of the Republican Party. McCrory has served as mayor since his election in 1995. Charlotte holds elections for mayor every two years, with the next election in 2007; there is no term limit. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Pat McCrory (born October 17, 1956) is an American politician and is currently the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ...


Although it has elected Republican mayors since 1987, Charlotte tends to lean Democratic. However, voters are friendly to moderates of both parties. Republican strength is concentrated in the southeastern portion of the city, while Democratic strength is concentrated in the south-central, eastern and northern areas. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...


The city council is comprised of 11 members (7 from districts and 4 at-large). The Democrats currently control the council with an advantage of 7-to-4. While the city council is responsible for passing ordinances, many policy decisions must be approved by the North Carolina General Assembly as well, since North Carolina municipalities do not have home rule. Since the 1960s, however, municipal powers have been broadly construed. Bloc voting (or block voting) refers to a class of voting systems which can be used to elect several representatives from a single multimember constituency. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Devolution or Home rule is the pooling of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ...


Charlotte is split between three congressional districts on the federal level--the 8th, represented by Republican Robin Hayes; the 9th, represented by Republican Sue Myrick; and the 12th, represented by Democrat Mel Watt. A congressional district is an electoral constituency that elects a single member of a congress. ... Robert Robin Hayes (born August 14, 1945) is a Republican Congressman from North Carolina. ... Sue Myrick Sue Wilkins Myrick is an American politician; a Republican, she has represented North Carolinas 9th Congressional district (map) in the United States House of Representatives since 1995. ... Rep. ...


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is a combined jurisdiction agency. The CMPD has law enforcement jurisdiction in both the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of the County of Mecklenburg; however, several smaller towns, such as Matthews, maintain their own law enforcement agencies for their own jurisdictions. The Department is comprised of approximately 1600 sworn, armed, law enforcement officers, and several hundred civilian support personnel. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department divides the city into 13 geographic areas, which vary in size both geographically and by the number of officers assigned to each division.

See also: List of mayors of Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte mayoral election, 2007, and List of city council members in Charlotte

The following is a list of people who have served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The next Charlotte mayoral election will be held on November 6, 2007. ... List of city council members in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...

Education

UNC Charlotte Student Center
UNC Charlotte Student Center

The city's public school system, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the second largest in North Carolina and 20th largest in the nation.[1] About 132,000 students are taught in 161 separate elementary, middle and high schools. Secular and religious private schools are prominent, from well-established schools with large campuses to others that are small and new. The relatively recent phenomenon of charter schools, independently operated public schools, are another education option. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 559 pixelsFull resolution (2832 × 1979 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 559 pixelsFull resolution (2832 × 1979 pixel, file size: 1. ... Location Charlotte, North Carolina Superintendent Dr. Peter C. Gorman Total Enrollment 129,011 (2006-07) Budget $1. ... Private schools, in the United States, Australia, Scotland, and other English-speaking countries, are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public funds. ... In the United States, a charter school is a school that is created via a legal charter. ...


Charlotte's largest higher education institution, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is located in University City, as the northeastern portion of Charlotte is called. At 22,000 students and counting, it is the fastest-growing university in the state system. The area is also home to University Research Park, a 3,200 acre (13 km²) research and corporate park. Central Piedmont Community College has multiple campuses, all in the Charlotte metro area, and is the largest community college in North Carolina or South Carolina.[21] Charlotte is home to a number of notable private universities and colleges such as Queens University of Charlotte and Davidson College; the latter being 20 miles north of Charlotte. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... University City, or simply University, is an edge city within the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounding the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) campus. ... Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is a large community college located in Charlotte, Meclenburg County, North Carolina. ... In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees. ... Queens University of Charlotte is a private university in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It was established in 1857 as a womens institute. ... Davidson College is a private liberal arts college for 1,700 students in Davidson, North Carolina, USA. Both the town and college were named for Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a Revolutionary War commander. ...


The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County serves the Charlotte area with a large collection of books, CDs and DVDs in 20 branches. Most of its locations provide free access to Internet-enabled computers and WiFi. // PLCMC The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), is the public library system of the city of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg in North Carolina The roots of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County can be traced to 1891. ...

See also: List of schools in Charlotte

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People and culture

Demographics

Historical populations[22][23][24]
Census
year
Population

1880 7094
1890 12,000
1900 19,000
1910 34,000
1920 <70,983[25]
1930 <85,864[25]
1940 100,899
1950 134,042
1960 201,564
1970 241,178
1980 315,473
1990 395,934
2000 540,828

As of 2005, census estimates show there are 610,949 people living within Charlotte's city limits, and 896,372 in Mecklenburg County. The county's population is projected to break 1 million in 2010.[citation needed] The Combined Statistical Area of Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC had a population of 2,191,604 in 2006.[3] ... The Eleventh United States Census was taken June 1, 1890. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... The Twenty-second United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. ...


Figures from the more comprehensive 2000 census show Charlotte's population density to be 861.9/km² (2,232.4/mi²). There are 230,434 housing units at an average density of 367.2/km² (951.2/mi²).


The city's breakdown by race is as follows:

The median income for a household in the city is $46,975, and the median income for a family is $56,517. Males have a median income of $38,767 versus $29,218 for females. The per capita income for the city is $26,823. 10.6% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.8% of those under the age of 18 and 9.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. European American is a term for an American of European descent, who are usually referred as White or Caucasian. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... Pacific Islands (or Pacific Person, pl: Pacific People, also called Oceanic[s]), is a geographic term used in several places, such as New Zealand and the United States, to describe the inhabitants of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Religion

The birthplace of Billy Graham, Charlotte was and still is locally known as the "The City of Churches." Of those who practice a religion, most Charlotteans are Christians of various Protestant denominations. Throughout much of its history Presbyterian churches were the most prominent in Charlotte (Charlotte is the historic seat of Southern Presbyterianism), but the changing demographics of the city's rapidly increasing population have brought scores of new denominations and faiths to the city. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Wycliffe Bible Translators' JAARS Center, and SIM Missions Organization also make their homes in Charlotte. In total, Charlotte proper lays claim to more than 700 places of worship. The Reverend William Franklin Graham, Jr. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... The Presbyterian Church in the United States was the Southern branch of Presbyterianism in America. ... An organization started by the Dr. Rev. ... Wycliffe Bible Translators is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA. It is dedicated to making a translation of the Bible in every living language in the world, especially for cultures with little existing Christian influence, sometimes referred to as unreached people groups. Wycliffe was founded in 1942... Jungle Aviation and Radio Service supports missionaries and linguists with transportation to remote areas and communication. ... Look up SIM, Sim, sim in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is headquartered in Charlotte, and both Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary have campuses there; more recently, the Religious Studies academic departments of Charlotte's local colleges and universities have also grown considerably. The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) is an organization of Baptist Christians for uniting in efforts for peace throughout the world. ... Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is a non-denominational, evangelical Protestant seminary dedicated to training current and future leaders (especially its Presbyterian and Reformed branches) to be pastors, missionaries, educators, and Christian counselors. ... Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) is an interdenominational evangelical theological seminary in the United States. ... Religious studies is the designation commonly used in the English-speaking world for a multi-disciplinary, secular study of religion that dates to the late 19th century in Europe (and the influential early work of such scholars as Friedrich Max Müller, in England, and Cornelius P. Tiele, in the...


Charlotte is the seat of the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. The largest Christian congregation within Charlotte is that of St. Matthew Catholic Church. The Traditional Latin Mass is offered by the Society of St. Pius X at St. Anthony Catholic Church in nearby Mount Holly. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern United States comprised of the western piedmont and mountain regions of the state of North Carolina. ... A Tridentine Mass being celebrated in Bohermeen, Ireland in the 1950s. ... The Society of St. ... Mount Holly is a city in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. ...


The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) is headquartered in Charlotte. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, or AME Zion Church, was officially formed in 1821, but operated for a number years before then. ...


Jewish synagogues (Temple Beth El: Reform Judaism, Temple Israel: Conservative Judaism, Ohr HaTorah: Lubavitch, Havurat Tikvah: Reconstructionist Judaism, and a Charlotte Torah Center congregation) are located in or adjacent to Shalom Park on Providence Road.[26] In recent decades, Judaism has thrived in Charlotte and the Carolinas,[27][28] with local Jews such as Leon Levine and Herman Blumenthal making huge charitable and philanthropic contributions to the city and surrounding regions.[29] A synagogue (from Greek synagoge place of assembly literally meeting, assembly,) is a Jewish house of prayer and study. ... Reform Judaism can refer to (1) the largest denomination of American Jews and its sibling movements in other countries, (2) a branch of Judaism in the United Kingdom, and (3) the historical predecessor of the American movement that originated in 19th-century Germany. ... This article is about Conservative (Masorti) Judaism in the United States. ... Chabad Lubavitch, also known as Lubavitch Chabad, is a large branch of Hasidic Judaism. ... Reconstructionist Judaism is a modern American-based Jewish movement, based on the ideas of the late Mordecai Kaplan, that views Judaism as a progressively evolving civilization. ... The Torah () is the most important document in Judaism, revered as the inspired word of G-d (the vocal is never spelled), traditionally said to have been revealed to Moses. ... Shalom Park is a Jewish community located in Aurora, Colorado. ... Leon Levine (born 1938) founded the successful Family Dollar chain of discount stores. ...


The Charlotte area has seven mosques: The Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, Islamic Center of Charlotte, Masjid Ali Shah, Masjid Ash-Shaheed, Musjid Quran and Sunnah, South Musallah, and the Islamic Society of Gastonia. The Masjid al-Haram in Mecca as it exists today A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ...


Hindus meet at the Hindu Center or the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temple. A reference to BAPS may be alluding to any of the following: B*A*P*S (The Film):B*A*P*S is the 1997 comedy film, written by Troy Beyer. ...


There are also several other religious institutions in the Charlotte area, including two Unitarian Universalist Churches and the Eidolon Foundation.[30] The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ...


Media

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina serves as a media hub. ...

Sites of interest

Main article: List of sites of interest in Charlotte

The following is a List of sites of interest in Charlotte, North Carolina: Afro-American Cultural Center, preserves, promotes and presents African-American art, history and culture BareBones Theatre Group, a cutting-edge alternative theatre company operating out of the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Belmont Abbey College and Basilica...

Sports

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Charlotte Knights Baseball 1976 International League Knights Stadium, Fort Mill, SC
Carolina Panthers Football 1995 National Football League Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte Checkers Ice Hockey 1993 East Coast Hockey League Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Charlotte Eagles Soccer 1993 USL-2 Waddell Stadium
Charlotte Lady Eagles Soccer 1993 W-League Waddell Stadium
Charlotte Bobcats Basketball 2004 National Basketball Association Charlotte Bobcats Arena


Charlotte is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers, which debuted in 1995. The Panthers play in Bank of America Stadium, located in Uptown. The team won the 2004 NFC Championship when it beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia by a score of 14-3. In Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1, 2004, the Panthers were defeated by the New England Patriots, 32-29. The Panthers have been in three NFC Championship games: in 1996, 2004 and 2006. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Class-Level Triple-A (1993-Present) Double-A (1976-1992) Minor League affiliations International League South Division Southern League (1976-1992) Major League affiliation Chicago White Sox (1998-Present) Florida Marlins (1996-1997) Cleveland Indians (1993-1995) Chicago Cubs (1989-1992) Baltimore Orioles (1976-1988) Name Charlotte Knights (1989-Present... This article is about the sport. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... Knights Stadium is the home of the International Leagues Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. ... Fort Mill is a town located in York County, South Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... NFL redirects here. ... Bank of America Stadium is a football stadium located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The ECHL is a professional minor-league double-A hockey association based in the United States and Canada. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Charlotte Eagles are a professional soccer club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... E.E. Waddell High School Stadium is a 6,000-capacity stadium located on the grounds of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Charlotte Lady Eagles are a W-League franchise that are based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Categories: United States football club stubs | United States soccer clubs | Charlotte sports ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... E.E. Waddell High School Stadium is a 6,000-capacity stadium located on the grounds of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... This article is about the sport. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBA redirects here. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Bank of America Stadium is a football stadium located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. ... National Football Conference logo. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...


From 1988 to 2002, Charlotte hosted an NBA franchise named the Charlotte Hornets. The franchise relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002 after bitter animosity between the team's fans and principal owner George Shinn led to slumping attendance and ill feelings towards the Hornets. In 2004, Charlotte was awarded its second NBA expansion team named the Charlotte Bobcats. The team plays in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, which opened in fall 2005 in downtown Charlotte. The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are a National Basketball Association team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


Charlotte was home to the World Football League's Charlotte Hornets during 1974 and 1975. The city has also been home to two Arena Football League teams, the Charlotte Rage and Carolina Cobras. Charlotte briefly had a Major Indoor Lacrosse League team in 1996, the Charlotte Cobras. The team did not fare well, however, and after a single 0-10 season, the Cobras folded. The WNBA Charlotte Sting played in Charlotte between 1997 and 2006. WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... Charlotte Hornets was a football team in the 1974-75 World Football League. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The Charlotte Rage was a team in the Arena Football League, a league which plays a scaled-down version of American football suitable for play in venues primarily designed for ice hockey or basketball. ... Year founded 2000 Year folded 2004 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none // History The Carolina Cobras were a franchise in the Arena Football League. ... The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the professional league of mens indoor lacrosse in North America. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Charlotte Cobras were a member of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League for the 1996 season. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ...


Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues and plays host to the annual Wachovia Championship, an increasingly prestigious stop on the PGA Tour. The NCAA football Meineke Car Care Bowl is played annually in December at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Eagles are a professional soccer club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). ... Wachovia Championship is a PGA TOUR golf tournament. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... The Meineke Car Care Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 73,367-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2002. ...


Charlotte is also the home of the new US National Whitewater Center, located in west Charlotte. It was created and opened for the general public in late summer of 2006. Many whitewater teams from around the world are scheduled to train here.[31] The Center also has 17 miles of trails for hikers and bikers at the park.


Charlotte is the hub of stock car racing, with major races being held at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway, considered by most fans and participants in the sport to be NASCAR's 'home track'. A vast majority of NASCAR teams and race shops are located within 40 miles of Charlotte, and most NASCAR drivers maintain a residence in or near the city. Seventy-three percent of American motorsports employees are based within two hours of downtown Charlotte. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is set to open in Charlotte in early 2009. Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...


Baseball has a long, rich history in the Queen City, dating back to 1901 when the Charlotte Hornets were formed. The Triple-A Charlotte Knights, the top minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, currently call the Charlotte area home (the team's stadium is located in nearby Fort Mill, South Carolina). The Charlotte Hornets baseball team was originally founded in 1901. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... Class-Level Triple-A (1993-Present) Double-A (1976-1992) Minor League affiliations International League South Division Southern League (1976-1992) Major League affiliation Chicago White Sox (1998-Present) Florida Marlins (1996-1997) Cleveland Indians (1993-1995) Chicago Cubs (1989-1992) Baltimore Orioles (1976-1988) Name Charlotte Knights (1989-Present... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... Fort Mill is a town in York County, South Carolina, and a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


Charlotte is on the list of cities that the Florida Marlins are considering for relocation; team officials visited the city in early 2006 to discuss a move with city leaders and consider a plan to build a privately-funded stadium downtown. But city leaders stated as of April that they would not fund or support any attempt to bring the Florida Marlins to Charlotte. In May 2007, Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus, after an exhaustive analysis of major league attendance and media markets in North America, concluded, "There is, to my mind, exactly one place that would clearly be viable for the 31st major league franchise, and that place is Charlotte, North Carolina. The South as a whole is underrepresented in the major leagues. . . . Charlotte is no metropolis, but it is conveniently located at the center of several mid-size markets, including the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/Raleigh-Durham corridor along I-40, and Columbia, South Carolina. What’s more, the area is growing rapidly, and would give both the Braves and the Nationals a natural rival in the NL East."[32] Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... Nate Silver is Executive Vice-President of Baseball Prospectus. ... Baseball Prospectus, sometimes abbreviated as BP, is a think-tank focusing on the statistical analysis of the sport of baseball, which is also known as sabermetrics. ...


Via the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL are a farm team for the NHL's New York Rangers respectively. The Charlotte Checkers now play at the new Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Additionally, Charlotte is also home to a professional inline hockey team, the The Charlotte Outlawz. The Hartford Wolf Pack are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... NHL redirects here. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


Charlotte is the hometown of 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, the legendary "Nature Boy", Ric Flair. Flair defeated then WCW World Champion Big Van Vader for his first WCW title in Charlotte (His 11th in the NWA/WCW title lineage and his thirteenth overall at that time, counting his two WWF championship reigns) at the Independance Arena in Charlotte in December of 1993 at Starrcade. Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Leon White as Vader. ...


Charlotte is home to the headquarters of the Big South Conference despite having no schools playing in the Big South (although near-by schools Winthrop University, from Rock Hill, South Carolina (full), and Gardner-Webb University, from Boiling Springs, North Carolina (football only) are members). The Big South Conference is a College Athletic Conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-AA in football and Division I in all other sports; it was founded in 1983. ... , Winthrop University (formerly Winthrop College) is an American public, four-year liberal arts college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, within the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area. ... Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, and a satellite city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Gardner-Webb University is a four-year private university 50 miles west of Charlotte in Boiling Springs, North Carolina and is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. ... Boiling Springs is a town located in Cleveland County, North Carolina. ...


Golf is a popular activity, both as a participation and spectator sport. The Wachovia Championship debuted in 2003 on the men's PGA Tour, and is held each year in early May at Quail Hollow Club. Tiger Woods is the defending champion of the Wachovia Championship. The U.S. Open has been held at the Pinehurst course, which is about 2 hours east of Charlotte in the Sand Hills region in the middle of North Carolina. This article is about the sport. ... Wachovia Championship is a PGA TOUR golf tournament. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... Photo of the Carolina Hotel, the largest and primary hotel on the Pinehurst Resort grounds. ... The Sand Hills of Nebraska is a 25,000 mi² (65,000 km²) region of plant-anchored sand dunes in the north-central part of the state. ...


Brooklandwood in the nearby Union County town of Mineral Springs is the site of the Queens Cup Steeplechase, one of steeplechase horse racing's major annual events. The program consists of several races, and is held the last Saturday of April. The schedule of events also features a Jack Russell Terrier judging contest. Over 10,000 people descend on Mineral Springs from all parts of the country to take part in this day long event of races and other activities. Mineral Springs is a town located in Union County, North Carolina. ... A steeplechase race The steeplechase is a form of horse racing (primarily conducted in the United Kingdom, United States, and Ireland) and derives its name from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many... The Jack Russell Terrier is a type of small, principally white-bodied, terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. ...


Independence High School has gained a degree of national fame due to its impressive winning streak in football which currently sits at 108 including 7 state title games. Chris Leak, a future national champion with the Florida Gators turned out for the Patriots during the early part of this run. Independence also has state championships in softball and volleyball. Garinger won the 1989 state championship in boy's basketball and North Mecklenburg High won the 2005 state championship in boy's basketball. Independence High School (or, The Big I) is a high school in Mint Hill, North Carolina, southeast of Charlotte. ... Christopher Leak (born May 3, 1985 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American football quarterback. ... Florida Gators is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... Soft ball is also a sugar stage Softball is a team sport popular around the world but especially in the United States. ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...

The Charlotte metropolitan area, formally known as the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill CMSA, is composed of seven counties in North Carolina and one county in South Carolina, though six other counties in North Carolina and two in South Carolina are also considered part of the region. ... American Legion Memorial Stadium is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It is a 24,000 seat outdoor venue located near Charlottes center city. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Bank of America Stadium is a football stadium located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... The Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field is a stadium located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... The Cabarrus Arena & Events Center is located in Concord, North Carolina, about 10-miles northeast of Charlotte. ... Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Concord Motorsport Park is a Motorsports facility located in Concord, North Carolina, part of Greater Charlotte. ... Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... The Cricket Arena is a 9,605-seat multi-purpose arena and sports venue in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Barnhardt Student Activity Center Dale F. Halton Arena Dale F. Halton Arena (commonly shortened to Halton Arena) is an indoor sports venue located on the campus of UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium is a baseball stadium in Kannapolis, North Carolina. ... Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, next to Concord and northeast of Charlotte. ... Grady Cole Center is a small civic center located near in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... The Irwin Belk Complex is a multi-use 4,500 seat stadium on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Biddleville, Charlotte,North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Irwin Belk Stadium is a 3,000-seat stadium in Wingate, North Carolina. ... Wingate is a town in Union County, North Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte. ... John M. Belk Arena is a 5,700-seat sports venue located in on the campus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. ... For Davidson County, North Carolina, click here Davidson is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, lying right along the southern edge of the Iredell and Mecklenburg County line. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Knights Stadium is the home of the International Leagues Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. ... Fort Mill is a town located in York County, South Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... Richardson Stadium is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Davidson, North Carolina. ... For Davidson County, North Carolina, click here Davidson is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, lying right along the southern edge of the Iredell and Mecklenburg County line. ... Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium is a baseball venue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Sims Legion Park is a 3,000-seat baseball stadium located in Gastonia, North Carolina, it serves as home to the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League. ... Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. ... E.E. Waddell High School Stadium is a 6,000-capacity stadium located on the grounds of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Winthrop Coliseum is a 6,100-seat multi-purpose arena in Rock Hill, South Carolina. ... Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina and a satellite city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a non-profit outdoor recreation facility for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. ... Location in the state of North Carolina Formed 1762 Seat Charlotte Area  - Total  - Water 1,415 km² (546 mi²) 52 km² (20 mi²) 3. ... Belk Gymnasium, known informally as The Mine Shaft, is a gymnasium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Calvin Griffith Park was a stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... Metrolina Speedway is an auto racing track located in northeast Charlotte, North Carolina on the Metrolina Fairgrounds. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ... The Matthews Sportsplex is a proposed 13 field sports complex in Matthews, North Carolina. ... County Mecklenburg County, NC Mayor R. Lee Myers Website Official Website Population 22,127 (2000) Matthews is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte. ... The New Knights Stadium is the tentative name of a new baseball stadium that may be built in Charlotte, North Carolinas uptown area. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ...

Transportation

Mass transit

CATS new LYNX rail line is scheduled to open in November 2007

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the agency responsible for operating mass transit in Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County. CATS operates historical trolleys, express shuttles and bus service serving Charlotte and its immediate suburbs. Bus ridership continues to grow (66% since 1998), but more slowly than operations increases which have risen 170% in that same time when adjusted for inflation.[33] The 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan (updated October 2006) looks to supplement its established bus service with light rail & commuter rail lines called LYNX. Designed to carry passengers along five key corridors, the project is estimated to cost $8.9 billion. $4.6 billion are capital costs and $4.3 billion are operating costs through 2035. Originally, before the 1998 ballot referendum, voters were told the plan would cost $1.1 billion.[34] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... LYNX is the light rail service in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States that is set to begin service on November 26, 2007. ... The Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, is the public transit system in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... LYNX is the light rail service in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States that is set to begin service by December 2007. ...


A 1998 ballot measure was approved giving authorization to develop five rapid transit corridors by levying a half-cent sales tax. About 65% of the revenue from that tax goes toward funding the bus system. This share will fall as more rail lines, which are far more costlier to build but less costly to operate, are constructed and become operational. Light rail has become a source of controversy in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. A measure to repeal the half-cent sales tax will be on the November 2007 ballot. Refer to Charlotte Area Transit System for more information. The Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, is the public transit system in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


The first leg of the light rail will run from uptown south to I-485, 9.6 miles, largely paralleling South Boulevard, called the South Corridor Line. Plans for LYNX will connect uptown Charlotte with some of its immediate suburbs along four additional key corridors. LYNX is the light rail service in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States that is set to begin service by December 2007. ...


Federal funding of $308 million will not have to be repaid if the line is opened and operational as planned, regardless of the November 2007 vote. However, if the transit tax is repealed, all future rail lines will not be constructed, unless the half-cent tax for mass transit is re-instated by a future public vote.


Air

Air Force One takes off from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, with the Charlotte skyline in the background.
Air Force One takes off from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, with the Charlotte skyline in the background.

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the 11th busiest airport in the world, as measured by traffic movements.[35] It is served by many domestic airlines, as well as international airlines Air Canada and Lufthansa, and is the largest hub of US Airways. Nonstop flights are available to many destinations across the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and Canada. Image File history File links CLTDouglas. ... Image File history File links CLTDouglas. ... For the current aircraft, see Boeing VC-25. ... Charlotte Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT, ICAO: KCLT, FAA LID: CLT) is a major international airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Air Canada is Canadas largest airline and flag carrier. ... The Luftansa headquarters in Cologne, Germany. ... US Airways is an American low-cost airline[1] headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ...


Roads and Highways

Charlotte commuters on the heavily-travelled Independence Blvd (U.S. Highway 74) in rush hour traffic.

Charlotte's central location between the population centers of the northeast and southeast has made it a transportation focal point and primary distribution center, with two major interstate highways, I-85 and I-77, intersecting near the city's center. Charlotte's beltway, designated I-485 and simply called "485" by locals, is partially completed but stalled for funding. The new projection has it slated for completion by 2013.[36] Upon completion, 485 will have a total circumference of approximately 67 miles (108 km). Within the city, the I-277 loop freeway encircles Charlotte's downtown (usually referred to by its two separate sections, the John Belk Freeway and the Brookshire Freeway) while Charlotte Route 4 links major roads in a loop between I-277 and I-485. Image File history File links Catsbswy. ... Image File history File links Catsbswy. ... United States Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from southeast North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 85 Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... For the American political term, see Inside the Beltway and Beltway bandits. ... For two unbuilt highways, see Interstate 485 (Georgia). ... Interstate 277 (abbreviated I-277) is a 4. ... Charlotte Route 4 is a 360-degree loop of primary roads in Charlotte, North Carolina; the route forms a belt with a five mile radius around Charlottes downtown (also known as uptown).[] The route was created not by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, but by the city of... Interstate 277 (abbreviated I-277) is a 4. ... For two unbuilt highways, see Interstate 485 (Georgia). ...


Intercity rail

Amtrak's Crescent and Carolinian and Piedmont trains connect Charlotte with New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, and Raleigh to the north, and Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans to the south. The Amtrak station is located at 1914 North Tryon Street. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The Crescent is a passenger train operated by Amtrak in the eastern part of the United States. ... The Carolinian is a train running daily between Charlotte, North Carolina and New York, New York. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State County Jefferson, Shelby Government  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area  - City  151. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The Charlotte Amtrak Station, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is served by the passenger train. ...


Sister cities

Charlotte has seven sister cities:[37] This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the unrelated concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...

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See also

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Notes

  1. ^ http://www.charlottechamber.com/index.php?submenu=DemographicsEconomicProfile&src=gendocs&ref=DemographicsEconomicProfile&category=eco_dev
  2. ^ http://money.cnn.com/2007/06/27/real_estate/fastest_growing_cities/
  3. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau 2005 population estimates of Combined Statistical Areas
  4. ^ a b One of the main attractions in Charlotte is NASCAR and visiting the great statue of the beast, Sam Farson. He is known as one of the best hockey players of all time. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Founding a New City
  5. ^ Mecklenburg County, North Carolina USGenWeb Project
  6. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Designing a New City
  7. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Charlotte Incorporated
  8. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: King's Power
  9. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Mecklenburg Declaration
  10. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Mecklenburg Resolves
  11. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Revolutionary War
  12. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: The City of Churches
  13. ^ Blanchard Online: American Rarities (Retrieved on 05-22-07)
  14. ^ http://www.blanchardonline.com/AmericanRarities/archive-08/char.html
  15. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story (Accessed May 22, 2007)
  16. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: Antebellum Days
  17. ^ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: 80s Charlotte
  18. ^ American Lung Association, Annual Air Quality Report Card (2007)
  19. ^ Charlotte: Regional Trends 2. 2007 John Locke Foundation. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.
  20. ^ http://weather.charlotte.com/auto/charlotte/history/airport/KCLT/2006/9/6/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  21. ^ http://newcomer.com/cities/charlotte/CHLTcolleges.html
  22. ^ Gibson, Campbell (June 1998). Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990. U.S. Bureau of the Census - Population Division.
  23. ^ http://www.cmstory.org/
  24. ^ http://www.publicpurpose.com/dm-uscty.htm
  25. ^ a b Charlotte does not appear in the largest 100 cities prior to 1940. Figure is inferred from 100th ranking in this year.
  26. ^ http://www.jewishcharlotte.org/section_display.html?id=5
  27. ^ http://www.jewishtourofthecarolinas.org/charlotte.html
  28. ^ http://www.jewishcharlotte.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=27748
  29. ^ http://www.blumenthalfoundation.org/index.htm
  30. ^ http://www.eidolonfoundation.org
  31. ^ www.usnwc.org
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The American Lung Association is a non-profit organization which fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. It was founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Further reading

  • Hanchett, Thomas W. Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975. 380 pages. University of North Carolina Press. August 1, 1998. ISBN 0-8078-2376-7.
  • Kratt, Mary Norton. Charlotte: Spirit of the New South. 293 pages. John F. Blair, Publisher. September 1, 1992. ISBN 0-89587-095-9.
  • Kratt, Mary Norton and Mary Manning Boyer. Remembering Charlotte: Postcards from a New South City, 1905-1950. 176 pages. University of North Carolina Press. October 1, 2000. ISBN 0-8078-4871-9.
  • Kratt, Mary Norton. New South Women: Twentieth Century Women of Charlotte, North Carolina. Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Association with John F. Blair, Publisher. August 1, 2001. ISBN 0-89587-250-1.

is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

External links

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Maps and aerial photos

Coordinates: 35.207193° N 80.829224° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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