The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area. Charlotte is located several miles east of the Catawba River and southeast of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina.
Charlotte is home to two major professional sports franchises: the Carolina Panthers of the National Football league, and the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
- Bank of America and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo are headquartered in the city.
- Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
- A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion”, leading to the nickname The Hornet’s Nest.
- Mecklenburg County was initially part of Bath County (1696 to 1729) of New Hanover Precinct, which became New Hanover County in 1729.
- The crossroads, perched atop the Piedmont landscape, became the heart of Uptown Charlotte.
- McColl transformed North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) into a formidable national player that through aggressive acquisitions became known as NationsBank, eventually merging with BankAmerica to become Bank of America.
- Measured by control of assets, Charlotte is the second largest banking headquarters in the United States after New York City.
- According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 297.68 square miles, of which 297.08 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles is water.
- Since then, Charlotte became the regional headquarters for East Coast Operations of Wells Fargo, headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- Carowinds Amusement Park, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is located in Charlotte.
- Charlotte is also a major center in the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple offices of NASCAR as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
- According to the Congressional Quarterly Press; ’2008 City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America, Charlotte, North Carolina ranks as the 62nd most dangerous city larger than 75,000 inhabitants.
- Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in the Carolinas, with more than 70,000 students each year and 6 campuses throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
- Most African Americans in Charlotte are Baptists affiliated with the National Baptist Convention the largest predominantly African American denomination in the United States.