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The CHARLOTTE METROPOLITAN AREA (also METROLINA, CHARLOTTE METRO, or CHARLOTTE USA) is a metropolitan area /region of North and South Carolina within and surrounding the city of Charlotte
Charlotte
. Located in the Piedmont of the Southeastern United States
Southeastern United States
, the Charlotte metropolitan area is well known for its auto racing history (especially NASCAR
NASCAR
). The region is headquarters to 8 Fortune 500 and 7 Fortune 1000 companies including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Sealed Air Corporation, Nucor Steel, and Lowe's
Lowe's
Home Improvement Stores. Additional headquarters include Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Cheerwine and Sundrop. It is home to one of the world's busiest airports, Charlotte Douglas International Airport , and is also the Carolinas' largest manufacturing region. The Charlotte
Charlotte
MSA is the largest in the Carolinas, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern region of the United States behind, Miami , Atlanta , and Tampa .

The CHARLOTTE–CONCORD–GASTONIA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is defined as seven counties in North Carolina
North Carolina
and three counties in South Carolina. The population of the MSA was 2,474,314 according to 2016 Census estimates. Charlotte
Charlotte
is the 17th largest city and 22nd largest metro area in the United States. Charlotte
Charlotte
is the 2nd largest city in the Southeast.

The CHARLOTTE–CONCORD Combined Statistical Area
Combined Statistical Area
(CSA) is a regional population area including parts of North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina with a population of 2,632,249 according to the 2016 Census estimates. The aforementioned MSA is the only metropolitan area (as defined since 2012) included in the CSA, but there are two included micropolitan areas : Albemarle and Shelby .

CONTENTS

* 1 Nicknames and regional identity

* 2 Area

* 2.1 Counties * 2.2 Largest Cities and Towns * 2.3 Cities and Towns: 5,000 to 10,000 in Population * 2.4 Suburban towns and cities under 5,000 in population * 2.5 Unincorporated communities

* 3 Transportation

* 3.1 Mass transit * 3.2 Roads * 3.3 Air

* 4 Higher education

* 5 Attractions

* 5.1 Nature and geography * 5.2 Cultural attractions * 5.3 Entertainment * 5.4 Shopping * 5.5 Sports

* 6 Economy * 7 Notables * 8 Government * 9 See also * 10 External links * 11 References

NICKNAMES AND REGIONAL IDENTITY

The regional area around the city was at one time called Metrolina, a portmanteau of Metropolis and Carolina. The term has fallen out of widespread general use, though it still maintains a presence and is used by the North Carolina
North Carolina
Department of Transportation . The term does retain a marketing value, and is thus also used by many businesses in the area. Metrolina refers to the region that includes the cities of: Charlotte, Concord , Gastonia and Rock Hill . The name Metrolina came into fashion when North Carolina's other two large metropolitan areas took on nicknames — the Triangle for Raleigh /Durham /Chapel Hill and the Triad for Greensboro /Winston-Salem /High Point . (The Triad now goes by the name Piedmont Triad
Piedmont Triad
to distinguish it from other tri-cities.)

Charlotte
Charlotte
is also sometimes referred to as the Queen City, or the Q.C.

The term " Charlotte
Charlotte
USA" refers to the 16-county region, which includes 12 counties in North Carolina
North Carolina
and 4 counties in South Carolina. The term is championed by the Charlotte
Charlotte
Regional Partnership, a non-profit organization made up of both private- and public-sector members from throughout the Charlotte
Charlotte
region. This organization represents one of seven officially designated economic development regions in North Carolina.

Region
Region
J of the North Carolina
North Carolina
Councils of Government , of which a majority of the Charlotte
Charlotte
area municipalities and counties belong, uses the term CENTRALINA in its body's name, Centralina Council of Governments. This term, however, is used only sparingly among locals.

AREA

COUNTIES

The official Charlotte
Charlotte
metropolitan area includes the CHARLOTTE–CONCORD–GASTONIA MSA (Cabarrus , Gaston , Iredell , Lincoln , Mecklenburg , Rowan , and Union counties in North Carolina; Chester , Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina). The Charlotte
Charlotte
CSA includes all the MSA counties along with the following micropolitan areas in North Carolina: Albemarle (Stanly County ) and Shelby (Cleveland County ). ( Census Bureau definition for CSA)

The Charlotte
Charlotte
Regional Partnership also identifies four additional counties to the what they refer to as the ' Charlotte
Charlotte
Region'-Alexander , Anson and Catawba counties in North Carolina, and Chesterfield County, South Carolina
South Carolina
. Catawba and Alexander counties are currently part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or ' The Unifour ', and Anson County was once part of the MSA and CSA, until it was removed in 2011.

The Charlotte
Charlotte
Combined Statistical Area

COUNTY 2016 ESTIMATE 2010 CENSUS CHANGE

Mecklenburg County 1,054,835 919,628 7001147023579099380♠+14.70%

York County 258,596 226,073 7001143860611395430♠+14.39%

Union County 226,606 201,292 7001125757605866100♠+12.58%

Gaston County 216,965 206,086 7000527886416350459♠+5.28%

Cabarrus County 201,590 178,011 7001132458106521510♠+13.25%

Iredell County 172,916 159,437 7000845412294511310♠+8.45%

Rowan County 139,933 138,428 7000108720779033139♠+1.09%

Cleveland County 97,144 98,078 3000047696731173149♠−0.95%

Lancaster County 89,594 76,652 7001168840995668740♠+16.88%

Lincoln County 81,168 78,256 7000372112042527090♠+3.72%

Stanly County 60,791 60,585 6999340018156309310♠+0.34%

Chester County 32,181 33,140 2999710621605310800♠−2.89%

TOTAL 2,632,249 2,204,217 7001194187777337710♠+19.42%

Charlotte
Charlotte
Region

COUNTY 2016 ESTIMATE 2010 CENSUS CHANGE

Catawba County 156,459 154,358 7000136112154860780♠+1.36%

Chesterfield County 46,013 46,734 2999845722600248210♠−1.54%

Alexander County 37,428 37,198 6999618312812516810♠+0.62%

Anson County 25,448 26,948 2999443372420958880♠−5.57%

Total for Alexander, Anson, Catawba, and Chesterfield counties 265,348 265,238 6998414721872431520♠+0.04%

TOTAL FOR ENTIRE CHARLOTTE REGION 2,897,597 2,469,455 7001173375096934340♠+17.34%

LARGEST CITIES AND TOWNS

RANK CITY / TOWN COUNTY 2016 ESTIMATE 2010 CENSUS CHANGE

1 Charlotte
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County 842,051 731,424 7001151248796867480♠+15.12%

2 Concord Cabarrus County 89,891 79,066 7001136910935168090♠+13.69%

3 Gastonia Gaston County 75,536 71,741 7000528986214298660♠+5.29%

4 Rock Hill York County 72,937 66,154 7001102533482480270♠+10.25%

5 Huntersville Mecklenburg County 54,839 46,773 7001172449917687550♠+17.24%

6 Kannapolis Cabarrus County / Rowan County 47,839 42,625 7001122322580645160♠+12.23%

7 Hickory Catawba County 40,567 40,010 7000139215196200950♠+1.39%

8 Indian Trail Union County 38,222 33,518 7001140342502535950♠+14.03%

9 Mooresville Iredell County 36,543 32,711 7001117147137048700♠+11.71%

10 Monroe Union County 34,818 32,797 7000616214897704060♠+6.16%

11 Salisbury Rowan County 34,001 33,662 7000100707028697050♠+1.01%

12 Matthews Mecklenburg County 31,495 27,198 7001157989558055740♠+15.80%

13 Cornelius Mecklenburg County 28,515 24,866 7001146746561570020♠+14.67%

14 Statesville Iredell County 26,506 24,532 7000804663296918310♠+8.05%

15 Mint Hill Mecklenburg County / Union County 26,236 22,722 7001154651879235980♠+15.47%

16 Shelby Cleveland County 20,260 20,323 3000690006396693400♠−0.31%

17 Albemarle Stanley County 16,004 15,903 6999635100295541720♠+0.64%

18 Stallings Union County 15,378 14,495 7000609175577785440♠+6.09%

19 Harrisburg Cabarrus County 15,349 11,526 7001331684886343920♠+33.17%

20 Fort Mill York County 15,029 10,811 7001390158172231990♠+39.02%

21 Mount Holly Gaston County 14,495 13,656 7000614381956649090♠+6.14%

22 Waxhaw Union County 14,194 9,859 7001439699766710620♠+43.97%

23 Newton Catawba County 13,042 12,968 6999570635410240580♠+0.57%

24 Davidson Mecklenburg County / Iredell County 12,452 10,944 7001137792397660820♠+13.78%

25 Kings Mountain Cleveland County / Gaston County 10,797 10,296 7000486596736596740♠+4.87%

26 Belmont Gaston County 10,784 10,076 7000702659785629220♠+7.03%

27 Lincolnton Lincoln County 10,754 10,486 7000255578867060840♠+2.56%

28 Weddington Mecklenburg County / Union County 10,642 9,459 7001125066074637909♠+12.51%

CITIES AND TOWNS: 5,000 TO 10,000 IN POPULATION

RANK CITY / TOWN COUNTY 2016 ESTIMATE 2010 CENSUS CHANGE

1 Tega Cay York County 9,946 7,620 7001305249343832020♠+30.52%

2 Lancaster Lancaster County 9,134 8,545 7000689291983616150♠+6.89%

3 Wesley Chapel Union County 8,596 7,463 7001151815623743800♠+15.18%

4 Pineville Mecklenburg County 8,593 7,479 7001148950394437760♠+14.90%

5 Conover Catawba County 8,331 8,165 7000203306797305570♠+2.03%

6 York York County 8,058 7,736 7000416235780765249♠+4.16%

7 Unionville Union County 6,585 5,929 7001110642604149100♠+11.06%

8 Marvin Union County 6,377 5,579 7001143036386449180♠+14.30%

9 Cherryville Gaston County 6,058 5,760 7000517361111111110♠+5.17%

10 Clover York County 5,950 5,094 7001168040832351790♠+16.80%

11 Wadesboro Anson County 5,467 5,813 2999404782384311030♠−5.95%

12 Bessemer City Gaston County 5,548 5,340 7000389513108614230♠+3.90%

13 Chester Chester County 5,474 5,607 2999762796504369540♠−2.37%

SUBURBAN TOWNS AND CITIES UNDER 5,000 IN POPULATION

* Ansonville , Anson * Badin , Stanly * Belwood , Cleveland * Boiling Springs , Cleveland * China Grove , Rowan * Cleveland , Rowan * Cramerton , Gaston * Dallas , Gaston * Earl , Cleveland * East Spencer , Rowan * Fairview , Union * Faith , Rowan * Fallston , Cleveland * Fort Lawn , Chester

* Granite Quarry , Rowan * Great Falls , Chester * Grover , Cleveland * Harmony , Iredell * Heath Springs , Lancaster * Hemby Bridge , Union * Hickory Grove , York * High Shoals , Gaston * Kershaw , Lancaster * Kingstown , Cleveland * Lake Park , Union * Lake Wylie , York * Landis , Rowan * Lattimore , Cleveland * Lawndale , Cleveland * Lilesville , Anson * Locust , Stanly ">

* Lowrys , Chester * Marshville , Union * McAdenville , Gaston * McConnells , York * McFarlan , Anson * Midland , Cabarrus * Mineral Springs , Union * Misenheimer , Stanly * Mooresboro , Cleveland * Morven , Anson * Mount Pleasant , Cabarrus * New London , Stanly * Norwood , Stanly * Oakboro , Stanly * Patterson Springs , Cleveland * Peachland , Anson * Polkton , Anson

* Polkville , Cleveland * Ranlo , Gaston * Richburg , Chester * Richfield , Stanly * Rockwell , Rowan * Sharon , York * Smyrna , York * Spencer , Rowan * Spencer Mountain , Gaston * Stanfield , Stanly * Stanley , Gaston * Troutman , Iredell * Waco , Cleveland * Wesley Chapel , Union * Wingate , Union

UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES

* Boger City , Lincoln * Denver , Lincoln * Elgin , Lancaster * Enochville , Rowan * Eureka Mill , Chester

* Frog Pond, Stanly * Gayle Mill , Chester * India Hook , York * Indian Land , Lancaster * Irwin , Lancaster

* JAARS Union * Lancaster Mill , Lancaster * Lesslie , York * Light Oak , Cleveland * Lowesville , Lincoln

* Newport , York * Riverview , York * South Gastonia , Gaston * Westport , Lincoln

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HIGHER EDUCATION

* Barber–Scotia College * Belmont Abbey College * Carolinas College of Health Sciences * Catawba College * Catawba Valley Community College * Charlotte School of Law * Central Piedmont Community College * Cleveland Community College * Clinton Junior College * Davidson College * Gardner–Webb University * Gaston College * Appalachian Center at Hickory * Johnson text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

* King\'s College * Lenoir-Rhyne University * Livingstone College * Mitchell Community College
Mitchell Community College
* Montreat College * Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer University
* Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte
* Rowan–Cabarrus Community College * South Piedmont Community College * Stanly Community College * Strayer University
Strayer University
* University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte
Charlotte
* University of South Carolina-Lancaster * Wingate University * Winthrop University
Winthrop University
* York Technical College

ATTRACTIONS

NATURE AND GEOGRAPHY

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
begin along the western edge of the region; the descent (the fall line ) to the coastal plain begins along the eastern edge. Amid this varied topography, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and several state parks (Morrow Mountain, Crowders Mountain, South Mountains, Duke Power, Landsford Canal, Andrew Jackson) offer recreational possibilities, along with the Uwharrie National Forest just east and northeast of Albemarle , and the Sumter National Forest at the southwest corner of the area. Kings Mountain National Military Park is partially located in York County and in Cherokee County near Blacksburg, South Carolina
South Carolina
.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Attractions in Charlotte
Charlotte
include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Cultural, Discovery Place , Spirit Square , NASCAR
NASCAR
Hall of Fame , the North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center , Children\'s Theatre of Charlotte
Charlotte
, Actor\'s Theatre of Charlotte
Charlotte
, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre , Theatre Charlotte
Charlotte
, the Charlotte
Charlotte
Museum of History , Levine Museum of the New South , the McGill Rose Garden , and the Wing Haven Gardens . The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte are expanding the art venues in Charlotte.

Other places of interest in the surrounding area include the Schiele Museum (in Gastonia), Carowinds
Carowinds
Theme Park (in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
North Carolina
and York County, South Carolina), Charlotte
Charlotte
Motor Speedway (in Concord), the Carolina Raptor Center (in Huntersville), Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (in Belmont), Latta Plantation (in Huntersville), Brattonsville Historic District (in McConnells), the North Carolina
North Carolina
Transportation Museum (in Spencer), Fort Dobbs historical site (in Statesville), Catawba County Firefighters Museum (in Conover ), the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley/Millholland Planetarium (in Hickory) the Museum of York County (in Rock Hill), James K. Polk
James K. Polk
historical site (in Pineville), the Catawba Cultural Center (in York County), the Museum of the Waxhaws (in Waxhaw), Glencairn Gardens (in Rock Hill), and the Reed Gold Mine (in Locust).

ENTERTAINMENT

The PNC Music Pavilion is located in the University City area of Charlotte. The performing arts amphitheatre has hosted many popular music concerts. The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is the world's premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. Alongside mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, and challenge course, the park's unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities.

The USNWC is only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Charlotte
and provides roughly 400 acres (1.6 km2) of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors and casual observers share this world-class sports and training center.

Inspired by the successful Penrith Whitewater Stadium built for the 2000 Olympics and the stadium built for the 2004 Athens Games, the USNWC is the world's largest multi-channel recirculating whitewater river. The USOC has designated the USNWC an official Olympic Training Site.

SHOPPING

SouthPark Mall is one of the Southern United States' most upscale malls, including stores such as Louis Vuitton , Tiffany it focuses more on attracting outlet store tenants. The mall is visited by over 15 million annually.

Alongside enclosed malls and strip centers are several other shopping districts. Several downtowns can claim an abundance of shopping options, along with restaurants and other entertainment, and a few other specific districts have emerged: Central Avenue, especially in the Plaza-Midwood area; the NoDa area of North Charlotte; and the Arboretum in southeast Charlotte
Charlotte
(geographically, south), to offer a handful of examples. Several of these areas are at the center of the area's growing immigrant business communities.

SPORTS

In addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway , there are plenty of other sports venues, including the BB&T Ballpark (home of the Charlotte Knights , the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
), Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL 's Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
), and Spectrum Center (home of the NBA 's Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
, and the American Hockey League 's Charlotte
Charlotte
Checkers ). The Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte Eagles
of the United Soccer Leagues call the area home, and the Kannapolis Intimidators
Kannapolis Intimidators
and Hickory Crawdads
Hickory Crawdads
are Single-A Minor-League Baseball teams located in this region.

ECONOMY

See also: List of companies in Charlotte

Among the largest employers in the area (listed in order by number of local employees) are:

* Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
* Carolinas Healthcare System * Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools * Bank of America
Bank of America
* City of Charlotte
Charlotte
* US Airways
US Airways
* Duke Energy
Duke Energy
* Presbyterian Healthcare * Lowe\'s * University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte
Charlotte
* AT&T * Belk
Belk
* Family Dollar
Family Dollar
* Food Lion
Food Lion
* IBM
IBM
in University Research Park * Advance Auto Parts

Companies with headquarters in the region include Bank of America
Bank of America
, Belk
Belk
, BellSouth Telecommunications , Bojangles\' , The Compass Group , Carolina Beverage Corporation Inc. (makers of Sun Drop
Sun Drop
and Cheerwine ), Duke Energy
Duke Energy
, Family Dollar
Family Dollar
, Food Lion
Food Lion
, Harris Teeter , Lance, Inc , LendingTree , Lowe\'s , Meineke Car Care Centers , Muzak , Nucor , Chiquita Brands International Transbotics , Royal & SunAlliance (USA), SPX Corporation , Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
(a business unit of Fortune 500 company Time Warner), and Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
.

Charlotte
Charlotte
has gained fame as the second largest banking and finance center in the U.S., and the area's orientation towards emerging industries is seen in the success of the University Research Park (the 7th largest research park in the country) and the redevelopment of part of the Pillowtex site in Kannapolis as a biotech research facility featuring the participation of University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte
, University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill , Duke University and North Carolina
North Carolina
State University .

Reflections Studios in Charlotte
Charlotte
played an important role in the emergent late-20th-century American musical underground – R.E.M.
R.E.M.
, Pylon , Let\'s Active , Don Dixon and Charlotte's Fetchin Bones (among many others) all recorded influential and acclaimed albums there. Charlotte-based Ripete and Surfside Records maintain important catalogs of regional soul and beach music, and the area has also played a role in the history of gospel, bluegrass and country music. The Milestone, one of the first punk clubs in the South, is located in west Charlotte, and in the past hosted legendary appearances from the likes of R.E.M., Black Flag , Nirvana, The Minutemen , D.O.A. , Bad Brains , Charlotte's Antiseen , and many others.

NOTABLES

* Artists– Romare Bearden * Astronauts– Charles Duke and Susan Helms * Evangelist– Billy Graham
Billy Graham
* Musicians– Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs
, George Clinton , Fred Durst
Fred Durst
, Prairie Prince , Blind Boy Fuller
Blind Boy Fuller
, Randy Travis
Randy Travis
, and Scott and Seth Avett * Independent filmmakers– Tim Kirkman and Ross McElwee , * Actors– Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
, Berlinda Tolbert * Politicians– Sue Myrick
Sue Myrick
, Harvey Gantt
Harvey Gantt
, Elizabeth Dole
Elizabeth Dole
and Jesse Helms , Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
and James K. Polk
James K. Polk
* Professional wrestlers– Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat * NASCAR
NASCAR
driver– Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt
* R&B singers Fantasia , Anthony Hamilton and K-Ci ">

* ^ "Host City Information". July 18, 2009. Archived from the original on July 2017. * ^ Charlotte
Charlotte
Chamber of Commerce: Manufacturing in the Region Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 03-04 Attachment" (PDF). * ^ "2016 US Census MSA population estimates". 2016-06-22. * ^ "U.S. Census Bureau CSAs". * ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder.census.gov. * ^ Charlotte
Charlotte
USA – Charlotte
Charlotte
Regional Partnership Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ " Census Bureau CSA List". * ^ "Fastest Growing". USA Today. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-28.

* ^ Charlotte
Charlotte
USA – Regional Communities Archived January 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
.

* v * t * e

City of Charlotte, North Carolina
North Carolina

MAIN

* Charlotteans * Mecklenburg County * Metrolina * North Carolina
North Carolina
* Piedmont * Neighborhoods * Tallest buildings

HISTORY

* Timeline * Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence * Queen Charlotte
Charlotte
* Charlottetown Resolutions

GOVERNMENT

* Mayor of Charlotte
Charlotte
: Jennifer Roberts * Charlotte
Charlotte
City Council * Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools * Public Library System * Charlotte
Charlotte
Fire * CMPD

Colleges and universities

* University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte
Charlotte
* Central Piedmont Community College * Charlotte School of Law * Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University
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* Museums: * Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
* Billy Graham
Billy Graham
Library * Carolinas Aviation Museum * Discovery Place * Harvey B. Gantt Center * Levine Museum of the New South * Mint Museum * NASCAR
NASCAR
Hall of Fame

* Performing Arts: * North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center * ImaginOn
ImaginOn
* North Carolina
North Carolina
Music Factory * PNC Music Pavilion * Tremont Music Hall * Charlotte
Charlotte
Philharmonic Orchestra

* Parks: * First Ward Park * Freedom Park * Independence Park * Little Sugar Creek Greenway * Reedy Creek Park * Romare Bearden Park

SPORTS TEAMS

* Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
–NFL * Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
–NBA * Charlotte
Charlotte
Hounds –MLL * Charlotte
Charlotte
Checkers –AHL * Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte Eagles
United Soccer Leagues
United Soccer Leagues
* Charlotte Knights
Charlotte Knights
–IL * Charlotte
Charlotte
Rugby Club –RSL * Charlotte
Charlotte
49ers – NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
* Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University
Golden Bulls – NCAA Division II
NCAA Division II

MEDIA

* Newspapers: * The Charlotte
Charlotte
Observer * The Charlotte
Charlotte
Post * Creative Loafing * Q-Notes * Charlotte
Charlotte
Weekly

* Television: * 3 WBTV ( CBS
CBS
) * 9 WSOC (ABC ) * 14 WHKY (Ind. ) * 18 WCCB (CW ) * 30 WNSC ( PBS
PBS
/ETV ) * 36 WCNC ( NBC
NBC
) * 42 WTVI ( PBS
PBS
) * 46 WJZY (Fox ) * 55 WMYT (MNT ) * 58 WUNG ( PBS
PBS
/ UNC-TV ) * 64 WAXN (Ind. )

ECONOMY

* Carolinas Healthcare System * Center city * Companies * Convention Center

TRANSPORTATION

* Charlotte Area Transit System

* Lynx Blue Line * CityLynx Gold Line

* Charlotte Douglas International Airport

* Roads: * I-77 * I-85 * I-277 * I-485 * US 21 * US 29 * US 74 * US 521 * NC 16 * NC 49 * NC 51 * NC 115 * Route 4

* Rail: * Carolinian * Crescent * Piedmont

* v * t * e

Charlotte
Charlotte
Metropolitan Area

COUNTIES

* Alexander ¶ * Anson ¶ * Cabarrus * Catawba ¶ * Chester * Chesterfield ¶ * Cleveland ‡ * Gaston * Iredell * Lancaster * Lincoln * Mecklenburg * Rowan * Stanly ‡ * Union * York

MAJOR CITY

* CHARLOTTE

MUNICIPALITIES AND CDPS IN THE CHARLOTTE METROPOLITAN AREA

50K–100K

* CONCORD * GASTONIA * Huntersville * ROCK HILL

20K–50K

* Cornelius * Hickory ¶ * Indian Trail * Kannapolis * Matthews * Mint Hill * Monroe * Mooresville * Salisbury * Shelby ‡ * Statesville

5K–20K

* Albemarle ‡ * Belmont * Bessemer City * Cheraw ¶ * Cherryville * Chester * Conover ¶ * Davidson * Fort Mill * Harrisburg * Kings Mountain * Lake Norman of Catawba ¶ * Lancaster * Lincolnton * Mount Holly * Newton * Pageland ¶ * Pineville * Stallings * South Gastonia * St. Stephens ¶ * Unionville * Wadesboro ¶ * Waxhaw * Weddington * Wesley Chapel * York

FOOTNOTES

* BOLD = principal metro cities * ‡ = places and counties part of CSA * ¶ = sometimes included in metropolitan

North Carolina
North Carolina

* v * t * e

State of North Carolina
North Carolina

RALEIGH (capital)

TOPICS

* Climate * Geography * Government * History * Law

* Media

* Newspapers * Radio * TV

* Music * North Carolinians * State Parks * Tourist attractions * Wildlife

Seal of North Carolina
North Carolina

SOCIETY

* Culture * Crime * Demographics * Economy * Education * Elections * Gambling * Politics * Sports

REGIONS

* Cape Fear * Coastal Plain * Crystal Coast * Eastern * Foothills * High Country * Inner Banks * Metrolina (Charlotte) * Outer Banks
Outer Banks
* Piedmont * Piedmont Triad
Piedmont Triad
* Sandhills * Triangle * Western

LARGEST CITIES

* Asheville * Cary * Chapel Hill * Charlotte
Charlotte
* Concord * Durham * Fayetteville * Gastonia * Greensboro * Greenville * High Point * Jacksonville * Raleigh * Wilmington * Winston‑Salem

SMALLER CITIES

* Albemarle * Apex * Asheboro * Burlington * Conover * Eden * Elizabeth City * Garner * Goldsboro * Graham * Havelock * Henderson * Hendersonville * Hickory * Kannapolis * Kings Mountain * Kinston * Laurinburg * Lenoir * Lexington * Lumberton * Monroe * Morganton * New Bern * Newton * Reidsville * Roanoke Rapids * Rocky Mount * Salisbury * Sanford * Shelby * Statesville * Thomasville * Wake Forest * Wilson

MAJOR TOWNS

* Beaufort * Boone * Brevard * Carrboro * Clayton * Cornelius * Dunn * Fuquay-Varina * Harrisburg * Holly Springs * Hope Mills * Huntersville * Indian Trail * Kernersville * Knightdale * Leland * Matthews * Midland * Mint Hill * Mooresville * Morehead City * Morrisville * Mount Pleasant * Oxford * Shallotte * Smithfield * Southern Pines * Tarboro * Waynesville * Winterville

COUNTIES

* Alamance * Alexander * Alleghany * Anson * Ashe * Avery * Beaufort * Bertie * Bladen * Brunswick * Buncombe * Burke * Cabarrus * Caldwell * Camden * Carteret * Caswell * Catawba * Chatham * Cherokee * Chowan * Clay * Cleveland * Columbus * Craven * Cumberland * Currituck * Dare * Davidson * Davie * Duplin * Durham * Edgecombe * Forsyth * Franklin * Gaston * Gates * Graham * Granville * Greene * Guilford * Halifax * Harnett * Haywood * Henderson * Hertford * Hoke * Hyde * Iredell * Jackson * Johnston * Jones * Lee * Lenoir * Lincoln * Macon * Madison * Martin * McDowell * Mecklenburg * Mitchell * Montgomery * Moore * Nash * New Hanover * Northampton * Onslow * Orange * Pamlico * Pasquotank * Pender * Perquimans * Person * Pitt * Polk * Randolph * Richmond * Robeson * Rockingham * Rowan * Rutherford * Sampson * Scotland * Stanly * Stokes * Surry * Swain * Transylvania * Tyrrell * Union * Vance * Wake * Warren * Washington * Watauga * Wayne * Wilkes * Wilson * Yadkin * Yancey

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State of South Carolina
South Carolina

COLUMBIA (capital)

REGIONS

* Atlantic Coastal Plain * Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
* Grand Strand
Grand Strand
* High Hills of Santee * Lake Murray Country
Lake Murray Country
* Lowcountry * Metrolina * Midlands * Ninety-Six District * Olde English District * Pee Dee * Piedmont * Sandhills * Sea Islands * Upstate

Seal of South Carolina
South Carolina

LARGER CITIES

* Charleston * Columbia * Greenville * North Charleston * Rock Hill * Spartanburg

SMALLER CITIES

* Aiken * Anderson * Beaufort * Bennettsville * Camden * Cayce * Conway * Easley * Florence * Forest Acres * Gaffney * Georgetown * Greenwood * Greer * Goose Creek * Hilton Head Island * Isle of Palms * Laurens * Lexington * Mauldin * Myrtle Beach * North Augusta * North Myrtle Beach * Orangeburg * Simpsonville * Summerville * Sumter * Union * Walterboro * West Columbia * York

TOWNS

* Abbeville * Barnwell * Batesburg-Leesville * Bluffton * Clemson * Darlington * Dillon * Edgefield * Fort Mill * Fountain Inn * Great Falls * Hardeeville * Irmo * Jefferson * Kingstree * Liberty * Marion * McCormick * Moncks Corner * Mount Pleasant * Newberry * Pageland * Pendleton * Pickens * Seneca * Sullivan\'s Island * Travelers Rest * Walhalla * Westminster * Williamston

CDPS

* Berea * Carolina Forest * Dentsville * Gantt * Garden City * Ladson * Parker * Red Hill * Saint Andrews * Seven Oaks * Socastee * Taylors * Wade Hampton

COUNTIES

* Abbeville * Aiken * Allendale * Anderson * Bamberg * Barnwell * Beaufort * Berkeley * Calhoun * Charleston * Cherokee * Chester * Chesterfield * Clarendon * Colleton * Darlington * Dillon * Dorchester * Edgefield * Fairfield * Florence * Georgetown * Greenville * Greenwood * Hampton * Horry * Jasper * Kershaw * Lancaster * Laurens * Lee * Lexington * Marion * Marlboro * McCormick * Newberry * Oconee * Orangeburg * Pickens * Richland * Saluda * Spartanburg * Sumter * Union * Williamsburg * York

TOPICS

* Airports * Amusement parks * Census areas * Colleges and universities * Congressional districts * Famous people * Governors * Highways * Historic places * History * Legislature

* Media

* Newspapers * Radio * TV

* Rivers * Shopping malls * Sports venues * State House * State parks * Tourist attractions * Wildlife refuges

SOCIETY

* Crime * Culture * Demographics * Economy * Education * Politics * Sports

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The 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas of the United States of America

* New York, NY * Los Angeles, CA * Chicago, IL * Dallas, TX * Houston, TX * Washington, DC * Philadelphia, PA * Miami, FL * Atlanta, GA * Boston, MA * San Francisco, CA * Phoenix, AZ * Riverside, CA * Detroit, MI * Seattle, WA * Minneapolis, MN * San Diego, CA * Tampa, FL * Denver, CO * St. Louis, MO

* Baltimore, MD * Charlotte, NC * San Juan, PR * Orlando, FL * San Antonio, TX * Portland, OR * Pittsburgh, PA * Sacramento, CA * Cincinnati, OH * Las Vegas, NV * Kansas City, MO * Austin, TX * Columbus, OH * Cleveland, OH * Indianapolis, IN * San Jose, CA * Nashville, TN * Virginia Beach, VA * Providence, RI * Milwaukee, WI

* Jacksonville, FL * Memphis, TN * Oklahoma City, OK * Louisville, KY * Richmond, VA * New Orleans, LA * Hartford, CT * Raleigh, NC * Birmingham, AL * Buffalo, NY * Salt Lake City, UT * Rochester, NY * Grand Rapids, MI * Tucson, AZ * Honolulu, HI * Tulsa, OK * Fresno, CA * Bridgeport, CT * Worcester, MA * Albuquerque, NM

* Omaha, NE * Albany, NY * New Haven, CT * Bakersfield, CA * Knoxville, TN * Greenville, SC * Oxnard, CA * El Paso, TX * Allentown, PA * Baton Rouge, LA * McAllen, TX * Dayton, OH * Columbia, SC * Greensboro, NC * Sarasota, FL * Little Rock, AR * Stockton, CA * Akron, OH * Charleston, SC * Colorado Springs, CO

* Syracuse, NY * Winston-Salem, NC * Cape Coral, FL * Boise, ID * Wichita, KS * Springfield, MA * Madison, WI * Lakeland, FL * Ogden, UT * Toledo, OH * Deltona, FL * Des Moines, IA * Jackson, MS * Augusta, GA * Scranton, PA * Youngstown, OH * Harrisburg, PA * Provo, UT * Palm Bay, FL * Chattanooga, TN

United States Census Bureau population estimates for July 1, 2012

Coordinates : 35°14′N 80°50′W / 35.23°N 80.84°W

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