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Charlotte, NC

Origing of Charlotte's Many Names

The center of the largest metropolitan area in North Carolina is Charlotte. The name is given for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of British King George III.  The King and Queen wed on September 8, 1761.

Please note, however, that the city has a few additional nicknames, each of which provide a peek into Charlotte history. The most known is "The Queen City", which is a simple allusion to Queen Charlotte. This name is sometimes abbreviated to "The QC." During the American Revolution, British General Charles Cornwallis called Charlotte "a hornet's nest of rebellion" because the local residents displayed extreme animosity towards his forces. For this reason, Charlotte is now known as "The Hornet's Nest." Around the start of the 20th Century, Charlotte was a prominent manufacturing center of textiles, hence the name "City of Industry." More recently, the large presence of financial institutions such as Bank of America, which is headquartered in Charlotte, and Wells Fargo have earned the name "Banktown."

Entertainment in Charlotte

Those who live in Charlotte and cannot find anything to do have only themselves to blame. Sports fans will be most content with the city's major league football and basketball teams (the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets), as well as its minor-league baseball and hockey teams (the Knights and the Checkers). Shopping enthusiasts have the SouthPark Mall, which offers the finest selection of department and luxury stores in the city, and the Charlotte Premium Outlets, offering a large variety of popular stores with discounted wares. Families can enjoy  exhibits at the Discovery Place science museum, roller coasters at Carowinds theme park, and raft rides at the US National Whitewater Center.

Charlotte's Continued Growth

People living in this area tend to mention the slight rarity of finding a "Native Charlottean." Fear not, this is no indication of the city losing those who grew here; it means Charlotte has maintained a trend of attracting new residents who stay here.  According to census estimates using 2014 data, this is the third-fastest growing city in the United States. No wonder why there are so many new homes in Charlotte!

New Homes in Charlotte NC

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