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About Charlotte North Carolina

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The Queen City was founded in 1769 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Charlotte is the nation’s second leading financial center. The city is ideally positioned between the coast and the mountains. Several popular destinations in the mountains can be reached within a two hour drive, and the beaches near Charleston, S.C., can be reached within three hours.



Thanks to our mild climate, outdoor recreational activities can be enjoyed almost year-round. The area’s many gardens, parks and public golf courses (40 to be exact) also remain well used throughout the year. All these possibilities make outdoor fitness not only convenient, but also fun.

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 17,600 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Parks in Mecklenburg County come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small neighborhood parks to large district parks.

The Catawba River and its system of manmade lakes provide many activities for water lovers. Located just 30 minutes north of the city, Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline and is the state’s largest man-made lake. Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie lie south of Lake Norman on the Catawba. Sailing, wind surfing, power boating and fishing are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed in the Charlotte area. Real estate is plenty on these lakes!


Arts and Culture

The NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-use performing arts center that hosts touring Broadway productions, ballet and opera. Charlotte is home to some of the nation’s foremost museums and galleries. The Mint Museums and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art guide visitors through ever-changing exhibits featuring some of the world’s finest collections. The Levine Museum of the New South exhibits some of the most fascinating collections of post-Civil War Southern history. The 46,500 square foot Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. Discovery Place, the South’s premiere hands-on science and technology center located in Center City, features more than 300 exhibits including a live rain forest.

If adrenaline is more your speed then the coasters at our amusement park, Carowinds, the exhilarating races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, or the white water rapids at our U.S. National Whitewater Center will thrill you! For the NASCAR fans don’t forget about the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in uptown Charlotte!

Spectator Sports

With several professional sports teams, numerous colleges and universities with robust athletic programs, and several annual, sports-themed events, Charlotte has a lot to offer our sports fanatics!

Carolina Panthers (NFL) | | 704.358.7000

Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) | | 704.BOBCATS

Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) | | 704.342.4423

Charlotte Eagles/Lady Eagles (USL) | | 704.841.8644

Charlotte Knights (AAA baseball) | | 704.357.8071

Lowe’s Motor Speedway (NASCAR) | | 800.455.FANS

Quail Hollow Championship (PGA) | | 800.945.0777

Retail Therapy

Charlotte has a wide range of shopping experiences, from major shopping centers to little neighborhood boutiques. Below are the major retail centers.

SouthPark Mall | | 704.364.4411

Concord Mills | | 704.979.3000

Carolina Place Mall | | 704.5436.9300

Northlake Mall | | 704.921.2000

Birkdale Village | | 704.895.8744


Public Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Serves 134,000 students in pre-kindergarten through12th grade. As the 23rd largest school district in the country, CMS has 172 schools and more than 19,000 employees.

North Carolina Charter Schools

Non-Public Schools

N.C. Association of Independent Schools | Charlotte area schools

Higher Education

Whether you’re seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree, training for career advancement, or enrichment courses through continuing education, you’ll find schools to meet your needs. Besides traditional weekday programs, many institutions offer evening or weekend programs for adult students with full-time jobs. A list of institutions of higher learning in North Carolina is available by calling 704.378.1300.

Art Institute of Charlotte
Barber-Scotia College
Belmont Abbey College
Brookestone College of Business
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte School of Law
Davidson College
DeVry University
ECPI College of Technology
Gardner-Web University, Charlotte Campus
Gaston College
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson C. Smith University
King’s College
Lee University
Montreat College, School of Professional and Adult Studies
Pfeiffer University
Queens University of Charlotte
Strayer University
Troy University
UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte, Belk College of Business
University of Phoenix, Charlotte Campus
USC Moore School of Business
Wake Forest University, Charlotte MBA Program
Wingate University
Wingate University, School of Graduate and Adult Education Metro Campus
Winthrop University
Winthrop University, College of Business Administration