Charlotte holds something for everyone, from thrilling adventures to moving artistic performances, family play dates, and magnetic nightlife. Nicknamed the “Queen City,” it is the largest city in North Carolina. The city is the cultural, economic, and transportation center of the Charlotte metropolitan area, whose population ranks 23rd in the U.S. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country’s fastest-growing metro area. It is the third-fastest-growing major city in the United States.
Forbes Magazine named Charlotte among its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, Truist Financial, and the east coast headquarters of Wells Fargo, which, along with other financial institutions, has made it the second-largest banking center in the United States. The area is an increasingly growing trucking and freight transportation hub for the East Coast. The Charlotte Region has a significant base of energy-oriented organizations known as ”The New Energy Capital.” There are more than 240 companies directly tied to the energy sector in the region. It’s the major center of the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple teams and offices of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.
The Charlotte Center city has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. Numerous residential units continue to be built uptown, including over 20 skyscrapers under construction, recently completed, or in the planning stage. Many new restaurants, bars, and clubs now operate in the Uptown area. The South Park area offers shopping, dining, and multifamily housing. The large area known as Southeast Charlotte is home to many golf communities, luxury developments, churches, and private schools.