Charlotte is one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas with a population in 2020 reaching 2,054,000. It has become the second largest banking center in the country with New York City leading the way. Charlotte lies just east of the Catawba River in the Piedmont region. Settled about 1750, and incorporated in 1768, it was named for Princess Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III’s queen. The surrounding county was named Mecklenburg to honor her birthplace in Germany. Today, you can see statues of the queen on North College Street and in front of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Some of Charlotte’s many popular attractions include the Carowinds Amusement Park, U.S. National Whitewater Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Mint Museum, Discovery Place, Billy Graham Library and the Charlotte Zoo. Charlotte is also home to the Carolina Panthers, NFL team and The Charlotte Hornets NBA. Charlotte is also represented at the ‘AAA’ professional level by the Charlotte Checkers, Ice Hockey and the Charlotte Knights Baseball.