Welcome to the Queen City: a Southern jewel whose one-of-a-kind attractions and unique beauty shine brightly. Our crowning glory? A friendly, diverse and creative class of people who thrive on adventure, inclusiveness and the constant curiosity to seek what's new and what's next.
“The Queen City”, AKA “Crown Town,” “Buzz City,” “The QC,” “home”—whatever you call Charlotte, welcome. We hope you’ll stay a while. But whether you’re here for a pinch or have planted roots, we invite you to fall in love with the city in all the ways we have.
What makes us a standout on this great, big map of phenomenal places?
It's not just one of a kind; There is one of every kind.
From the diversity of our residents to our colorful history, which you’ll find represented in every corner, Charlotte is a melting pot. We’re a heaping spoonful of natural beauty and metropolitan splendor. We’re a blend of inventive chefs, talented artists, fierce athletes and mission-minded gamechangers. We’re equal parts funky and eclectic, traditional and charming. We’re a mix of night owls, early risers and all-day adventurers. We’re a dash of every different language and a sprinkle of the world’s cultures.
Uptown (downtown Charlotte area): A striking symbol of the New South where traditional industry blends with innovation and creativity. As you zoom in on the iconic Charlotte skyline to the city’s center at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, you’ll find a bustling metropolis divided into four wards. Upscale cocktail bars and rooftop patios fill up steadily with both locals and visitors, buzzing with an energy not unlike that of the city streets below.
South End: A short walk, bike or light rail ride down South Boulevard will bring you to Charlotte’s booming South End, home to some of the city’s best restaurants, boutiques and nightlife. Young professionals (and their dogs) spill out of luxury apartments toward the area’s craft breweries and coffee shops. Art lovers go gallery hopping and explore dozens of brightly colored murals painted throughout the neighborhood by local artists, while foodies fawn over mouthwatering menu items at newly-opened eateries.
NoDa: Just a few minutes north of the city center by car or LYNX light rail, you’ll find Charlotte’s arts and entertainment district, NoDa (so named for its main drag, North Davidson Street). Brightly colored murals, galleries filled with local artwork, live performance spaces and more await in this hipster haven, which was once home to turn-of-the-century textile mills — as do ample restaurants, coffee shops, bars and breweries.
SouthPark: Centered around a bustling retail district, SouthPark invites residents and visitors to revel in the finer things in life. This upscale Charlotte neighborhood plays host to high-end eateries and watering holes, ample boutiques boasting the latest trends, massive homes with perfectly manicured lawns and luxury apartments with amenities galore. Along the main thoroughfares of Sharon, Fairview and Colony roads, tree-flanked old
houses and schools make this an idyllic place for families and professionals to call home.
Wesley Heights: The west end of Charlotte – sometimes referred to as FreeMoreWest – is booming. New coffee shops, restaurants and breweries are popping up all over this area, just minutes from both Uptown and I-77. Residents here can skip the stress of street parking, instead opting to walk to Carolina Panthers games at Bank of America Stadium or Charlotte Knights games at BB&T Ballpark. Here, historic homes on tree-lined streets still offer skyline views of Center City — so it’s no wonder the neighborhood continues to see such massive growth.
Camp North End: Explore Charlotte’s largest adaptive reuse project, a space where entrepreneurs, artists, and community builders connect and create like never before. Camp North End’s oldest buildings date back to 1924, when Henry Ford assembled Model T & Model A cars. There is a tonof inspiration is around every corner of this 76-acre urban playground. Home to coworking spaces, art galleries, and the design labs and production studios of a dozen leaders in their field, Camp North End has made a name for itself as the hub for Charlotte’s creative professionals.
As of 2019, Charlotte has seven Fortune 500 companies in its metropolitan area. By rank: Bank of America, Honeywell, Nucor, Lowe’s, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, and Brighthouse Financial.
Key Industries: Finance & Insurance, Health Care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Accommodations & Food Services, and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Major Employers: Atrium, Wells Fargo Company, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Wal-Mart Stores, Bank of America Corporations, Novant Health
Compared to other places, Charlotte, NC has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (2.5 times higher than expected), Information (1.43 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.4 times) industries.