Charlotte City, Mecklenburg County
Charlotte constitutes the majority of Mecklenburg County and is the
largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 19th largest city in
the United States. Also known as the "Queen City," its name was made in
honor of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg who was the queen consort of
George III of the United Kingdom. Aside from the abovementioned
nickname, Charlotteans, as what the residents are labeled as, call their
land as "The Hornet's Nest" as referenced from British Commander General
Cornwallis calling Charlotte a "hornet's nest of rebellion." A former
NBA team's name was called Charlotte Hornets. In 2013, Charlotte was
chosen as the Best Place to Live in America by a website called
Relocate-America based on factors like employment opportunities, crime
rates and housing affordability.
Some of the most prominent people housed in Charlotte are evangelist
Billy Graham, NBA players Walter Davis, Mugsy Bogues and Antawn Jamison,
singers Clay Aiken, K-Ci and Jojo and Fantasia Barrino, reality TV star
Kwame Jackson (from The Apprentice), authors Carson McCullers, Ranolph
Scott and Travis Jeppesen and actress Sharon Lawrence.
Charlotte's pride lies on its being a major US financial center due
to the expansion of the city's banking industry. Charlotte's skyline was
also ornamented by the 60-foot postmodern gothic building of the Bank Of
America Corporate Center which is the tallest skyscraper between
Philadelphia and Atlanta. Charlotte also serves as headquarters to a
number of Fortune 500 companies: Bank of America (largest commercial
bank in the United States by deposits and second largest by market
capitalization), Wachovia (the fourth largest banking chain in the
United States based on total assets), Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse,
Nucor Corporation, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Inc., Family Dollar,
Goodrich Corporation and SPX Corporation.
Majority of Charlotte's people are Caucasian ( English, Italian, German,
Irish etc.) and African American, sharing 54.7% and 34.4% of the 630,000
plus population, respectively. The remainder is composed of Hispanic,
Asian, Native American and other races. The city is also known as "The
City of Churches" having been a land of diverse religions and beliefs.
Although most who practice religion are Protestant Christians, Charlotte
has a number of houses devoted to religiosity including the Presbyterian
Church, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Wycliffe Bible
Translators and JAARS Center, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church,
Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, Myosho-ji, Wonderful Voice
Buddhist Temple and more than 700 places of worship.
Visitors of Charlotte should visit the following attractions:
Charlotte Historic Trolley Museum in South Boulevard, Charlotte Nature
Museum in Sterling Road, Discovery Place (science museum) in North
Tyron, Mint Museum of Art in Randolph Road, Paramountís Carowinds Water
and Theme Park in Carowinds Boulevard and Victory Lane Indoor Karting
Center in Tipton Drive.