Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina. The entire state’s population is growing, but much of it is happening in and around the Queen City, as locals have nicknamed their city once named after a princess. Over a million people call Mecklenburg County home, roughly 10 percent of the state’s population overall, and of that million, nearly 90 percent live within the city boundaries of Charlotte itself.
Much of the population growth has come from those moving from the northern states, although interestingly not all of it comes directly. Some people move from up north to places like Florida and then move again to North Carolina to be closer to their old family. Such locals are affectionately known as ‘half-backs.’
Citizens do flock from other states and even other counties though within the states, looking for jobs and work. Ethnic populations from dozens of countries have sliver presence within Charlotte to, to the point that marketing companies love testing out new products and advertising here given the broad demographics.
Regarding jobs, banking and financial services lead the way. Bank of America and other such institutions are headquartered here, which has resulted in a downtown building boom over the last three decades. The towers in Charlotte are higher than any between Atlanta to the south and Philadelphia or Manhattan to the north. Health care, the school system, construction, and tech firms are other major employers in this city and region.
Climate and weather are big draws for those moving here. While the summer months of July and August are infamously humid and hot, late September through early June are rather mild, offering days in the low 60s even in patches of winter. Very little annual snow and ice mean that golfers get to enjoy the local courses even in January and February, sometimes wearing shorts. Other outdoor activities include the National Whitewater Center, nearby Crowder’s Mountain and King’s Pinnacle, as well as numerous greenways and parks.
Sports fans are not hurting for events. The NBA Charlotte Hornets and NFL Carolina Panthers represent the major leagues in town, but minor league play also happens in baseball and hockey with the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers. Professional soccer and lacrosse also take place, and several local colleges and universities have some athletic teams to enjoy on the field of play as well.