Board of Elections Be a vital part of the administration of election processes. [124] MLS awarded its expansion team to Charlotte in 2019 and it is set to begin play in 2022. Unlike other mayors in council-manager systems, Charlotte's mayor has the power to veto ordinances passed by the council; vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds majority of the council. May 20, the traditional date of the signing of the declaration, is celebrated annually in Charlotte as "MecDec", with musket and cannon fire by reenactors in Independence Square. Located in the Piedmont, it is the largest metropolitan area in the Carolinas, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States. [18] African American Methodists are largely affiliated with either the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, headquartered in Charlotte, or the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2020, CNN established a Charlotte bureau spearheaded by national correspondent Dianne Gallagher.[152]. First Union, later Wachovia in 2001, experienced similar growth before it was acquired by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo in 2008. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. 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), Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the MLS's Charlotte MLS team), and Spectrum Center (home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, and the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers). The city was caught unprepared; Charlotte is 200 miles (320 km) inland, and residents from coastal areas in both Carolinas often wait out hurricanes in Charlotte. The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912. [10] It is the second-largest city in the southeastern United States, just behind Jacksonville, Florida. The official Charlotte metropolitan area includes the Charlotte–Concord–Gastonia MSA (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Union counties in North Carolina; Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina). [122] The name change became official on May 20, 2014. Summers are hot and humid, with a normal July daily mean temperature of 78.5 °F (25.8 °C). Share. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will be connected to the system by light rail. Additionally, INSP is headquartered in nearby Indian Land, South Carolina. The Charlotte County Property Appraiser makes every effort to produce and publish the most current and accurate information possible. The urban section of Little Sugar Creek Greenway was completed in 2012. SouthPark mall is also the largest mall in the Carolinas and one of the most-profitable malls in the United States. Thomas Polk (granduncle of U.S. President James K. Polk), who later married Thomas Spratt's daughter, built his house by the intersection of two Native American trading paths between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers. It is the birthplace of Billy Graham, and is also the historic seat of Southern Presbyterianism, but the changing demographics of the city's increasing population have brought scores of new denominations and faiths. At the time of their largest population, Catawba people numbered 10,000, but by 1826 their total population had dropped to 110.[15]. [3] The two regions are identical except for the addition of two micropolitan areas, Shelby and Albemarle to the Charlotte-Concord CSA that are not included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia MSA. NC's Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan: What You Need To Know - Charlotte, NC - The coronavirus vaccine could begin arriving in NC within days. The most recent U.S. Census estimate (2019, released in May 2020) showed 885,708 residents living within Charlotte's city limits and 1,093,901 in Mecklenburg County. [52] Winters are cool, with a normal January daily mean temperature of 40.1 °F (4.5 °C). 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 Traditional Latin Mass is offered by the Society of St. Pius X at St. Anthony Catholic Church in nearby Mount Holly. The national average is 320.9 per 100,000 residents. [25], While surveying the boundary between the Carolinas in 1772, William Moultrie stopped in Charlotte, whose five or six houses were "very ordinary built of logs".[26]. It features 11 stages of outdoor variety entertainment, a 22-acre village marketplace, an interactive circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and a feast, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. Located on Tryon Street, Taste of Charlotte spans six city blocks from Stonewall to 5th Street. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use, or its interpretation. The foothills of the 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. The Charlotte metro area is the largest manufacturing region in the Carolinas. The largest Protestant church in Charlotte, by attendance, is Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist church founded by lead pastor Steven Furtick. Your request will be addressed promptly. [77], The Charlotte Region has a major base of energy-oriented organizations and has become known as "Charlotte USA – The New Energy Capital". Established in 1999 and administered as a department of the City of Charlotte, CATS operates light rail transit, streetcar, express buses, local buses, and special bus services serving Charlotte and the surrounding area in addition to other programs such as vanpool. [32], The city's modern-day banking industry achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, largely under the leadership of financier Hugh McColl. 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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the mass transit agency that operates local, express, bus rapid services that serves Charlotte and its immediate suburban communities in both North and South Carolina. It is the third-fastest-growing major city in the United States. From top to bottom, left to right: Charlotte skyline. Additional services including paying taxes and driver license renewals may be completed online. It is located in University City, the northeastern portion of Charlotte, which is also home to University Research Park, a 3,200 acres (13 km2) research and corporate park. For other uses, see. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway is prone to flooding during thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain. [132], Patrick Cannon, a Democrat, was sworn in as mayor on December 2, 2013. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors and casual observers share this world-class sports and training center. The second largest Christian group are the Roman Catholics (9.43%), followed by Methodists (8.02%) and Presbyterians (5.25%). The national average was 8.7 percent in 2016. Primary state routes include NC/SC 49, NC 16 (which extends north to West Virginia), NC 73, NC 150, NC 18, NC 24, NC 27, SC 9 and SC 5. We have reviews of the best places to see in Charlotte. All conditions were met, and the Charlotte Carnegie Library opened in an imposing classical building on July 2, 1903. The PNC Music Pavilion is located in the University City area of Charlotte. Charlotte overtook it several years later. [9] Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, Charlotte tops the U.S. in millennial population growth. [105] The event's parade became Charlotte's largest annual parade in 2017 and the largest of its kind in North Carolina. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents. Democrats control the council with a 9-to-2 advantage, winning all 4 of the at-large seats in the November 2013, 2015, and 2017 municipal elections. It began September 4, 2012, and ended on September 6, 2012. There were 319,918 housing units at an average density of 1,074.6 per square mile (414.9/km2).[60]. The aquarium is 30,000 square feet in size, and is part of the Concord Mills mall. Pfeiffer University has a satellite campus in Charlotte. [40] East of The Plaza and north of Central Avenue, Plaza-Midwood is known for its international population, including Eastern Europeans, Greeks, Middle-Easterners, and Hispanics. I-40 also passes through the center of Iredell County, which is the northern region of the Charlotte metro. The southeastern portion is part of the 9th District, represented by Republican Dan Bishop. The population of the MSA was 2,636,883 and the population of the CSA was 2,797,636 as of 2019 Census estimates. Shalom Park in south Charlotte is the hub of the Jewish community, featuring two synagogues, Temple Israel and Temple Beth El, as well as a community center, the Charlotte Jewish Day School for grades K–5, and the headquarters of the Charlotte Jewish News.[66]. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Wycliffe Bible Translators' JAARS Center, SIM Missions Organization, and The Christian Research Institute make their homes in the Charlotte general area. The large area known as Southeast Charlotte is home to many golf communities, luxury developments, churches, the Jewish community center, and private schools. One path ran north–south and was part of the Great Wagon Road; the second path ran east–west along what is now Trade Street. [110], The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library serves the Charlotte area with a large collection (more than 1.5 million) of books, CDs and DVDs at 15 locations in the city of Charlotte, with branches in the surrounding towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. She is in her second term. The European-American city of Charlotte was developed first by a wave of migration of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, or Ulster-Scot settlers from Northern Ireland, who dominated the culture of the Southern Piedmont Region. Appointments must be made via email at Although the library's roots go back to the Charlotte Literary and Library Association, founded on January 16, 1891,[112] the state-chartered Carnegie Library, which opened on the current North Tryon site of the Main Library, was the first non-subscription library opened to members of the public in the city of Charlotte. [53] In addition, there is an average of 4.3 inches (10.9 cm) of snow, mainly in January and February and rarely December or March, with more frequent ice storms and sleet mixed in with rain; seasonal snowfall has historically ranged from trace amounts as recently as 2011–12 to 22.6 in (57 cm) in 1959–60. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is now the fourth largest denomination in Charlotte, with 68,000 members and 206 congregations. [28] The first documented gold find in the United States of any consequence set off the nation's first gold rush. Many soldiers and suppliers stayed after the war, launching urbanization that eventually overtook older cities along the Piedmont Crescent. The city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County began purchasing flood-prone homes in the 1990s. Later the same day, he resigned as mayor. [148] It boasts the largest circulation in North[149] and South Carolina. Nicknamed the "Queen City",[19] like its county a few years earlier, Charlotte was named in honor of German princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become the Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland in 1761, seven years before the town's incorporation. Charlotte's beltway, designated I-485 and simply called "485" by local residents, has been under construction for over 20 years, but funding problems have slowed its progress. Charlotte is split between two congressional districts on the federal level. This is the second pediatric death due to the virus in North Carolina since the start of the pandemic. ", "Question the Queen City: Who were the Native Americans that lived here before Charlotte was colonized? [156] ... 1 Julian Price Pl. Additional records are listed on the county and state pages. [144] CPCC is part of the statewide North Carolina Community College System. [103], Heroes Convention is an annual comic book convention held in June at the Charlotte Convention Center. [53] Official record temperatures range from 104 °F (40 °C) recorded six times, most recently from June 29 to July 1, 2012, down to −5 °F (−21 °C) recorded on January 21, 1985, the most recent of three occasions. Many new restaurants, bars and clubs now operate in the Uptown area. In professional basketball, the city hosted the NBA All-Star Game twice in 1991 and most recently in 2019. The Charlotte region is also served by 2 major interstate highways (I-85 and I-77), and their 2 spurs (I-277, and I-485). The regional area around the city was at one time called Metrolina, a portmanteau of Metropolis and Carolina. By 1759 half the Catawba tribe had died from smallpox, which was endemic among Europeans, because the Catawba had not acquired immunity to the new disease. Official website for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues call the area home, and the Kannapolis Intimidators and Hickory Crawdads are Single-A Minor-League Baseball teams located in this region. While not a true declaration of independence from British rule, it is among the first such declarations that eventually led to the American Revolution. In addition, the population of Charlotte's metro area is listed as 2,380,314. [157], According to the Congressional Quarterly Press; '2008 City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America,' Charlotte, North Carolina ranks as the 62nd most dangerous city larger than 75,000 inhabitants. As of 2020[update], the Charlotte metropolitan area as a whole is noted for having one of the worst weather radar gaps among any major U.S. East Coast city, with little to no coverage in a roughly quadrilateral area spanning Concord, Salisbury and much [118] The Panthers have won six division titles from (1996, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015) and two NFC championships in 2003 and 2015. [30], In 1910, Charlotte surpassed Wilmington to become North Carolina's largest city. The Queen City, The QC, The CLT, The Hornet's Nest, 28201-28237, 28240-28247, 28250, 28253-28256, 28258, 28260-28262, 28265-28266, 28269-28275, 28277-28278, 28280-28290, 28296-28297, 28299, Articles relating to Charlotte, North Carolina, Municipalities and CDPs in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties. Also nearby are Winthrop University, Clinton Junior College, York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina in the westernmost part of the Charlotte area. [11] It is listed as a "Gamma +" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city is the cultural, economic, and transportation center of the Charlotte metropolitan area, whose population ranks 22nd in the U.S., and had a population of 2,569,213, in 2018. [121] The team retook the Hornets name when the New Orleans-based team renamed itself the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. 26th Judicial District (Mecklenburg County) Modified Court Operations Effective December 14. The original Hornets NBA franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, but it relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002 after animosity grew between the team's fans and principal owner George Shinn. Charlotte County Tax Collector’s office is serving Charlotte County with limited in person services. Learn More Most African Americans in Charlotte are Baptists affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, the largest predominantly African American denomination in the United States. Alongside enclosed malls and strip centers are several other shopping districts. Charlotte was selected in 2011 to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was held at the Spectrum Center. The Charlotte metropolitan area or Metrolina is a metropolitan area of North and South Carolina within and surrounding the city of Charlotte. The Traditional Latin Mass is also offered at St. Ann, Charlotte, a church under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Charlotte. A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Charlotte the 49th most walkable of the 50 largest cities in the United States.[166]. In fall 2017, Jerry Richardson put the franchise up for sale and, in May 2018, billionaire businessman David Tepper purchased the team. [54], The most recent U.S. Census estimate (2019, released in May 2020) showed 885,708 residents living within Charlotte's city limits[7] and 1,093,901 in Mecklenburg County. The mayor is ex officio chair of the City Council, and only votes in case of a tie. The NC/SC state line is shown in yellow. Great Clips Rivergate. Other important US highways in the region include: US 74 (east to Wilmington, west to Asheville and Chattanooga), US 52 (through the far eastern part of the region), US 321 (through Chester, York, Gastonia, Dallas, Lincolnton and Hickory), US 601 (passing east of Charlotte) and US 70 (through Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory). CATS is also building a commuter, light rail, streetcar network as a supplement to its established bus transit throughout the region. [154], The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is a combined jurisdiction agency. [133] On March 26, 2014, Cannon was arrested on public corruption charges. Skip main navigation-A A A + Welcome to. The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized it at the outbreak of the Civil War. The USOC has designated the USNWC an official Olympic Training Site. According to the 2010 United States Census, the racial composition of Charlotte was 45.1% White or Caucasian, 35.0% Black or African American, 13.1% Hispanic or Latin American, 5.0% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 6.8% some other race, and 2.7% two or more races. Wake Forest University, with its main campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, also operates a satellite campus of its Babcock Graduate School of Management in the Uptown area. Out of the total population, 13.8% of those under the age of 18 and 9.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Judaism (0.57%) is the second largest religion after Christianity, followed by Eastern religions (0.34%) and Islam (0.32%). Many of the city's Bradford pear trees split apart under the weight of the ice. Charlotte's city population at the 1880 Census grew to 7,084. [75] The Charlotte area includes a diverse range of businesses, including foodstuffs such as Harris Teeter, Snyder's-Lance, Carolina Foods Inc, Bojangles', Food Lion, Compass Group USA, and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (Charlotte being the nation's second largest Coca-Cola bottler); packaging company Sealed Air, financial services company Dixon Hughes Goodman, chemical company Albemarle Corporation, door and window maker JELD-WEN, motor and transportation companies such as RSC Brands, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC., Meineke Car Care Centers, Carlisle Companies (along with several other services); retail companies Belk, Cato Corporation and Rack Room Shoes, along with a wide array of other businesses.[76]. Approximately 75% of the NASCAR industry's race teams, employees and drivers are based nearby. WFAE sponsors a number of podcasts and radio shows.[150]. [168] The airport handled just over 50 million travellers in 2019, as well as many domestic and international carriers including Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Volaris. 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 (geographically, south), to offer a handful of examples. [79], In 2013, Forbes named Charlotte among its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. [4] The metropolitan area is slightly larger than 3,000 square miles. Attractions in Charlotte include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Cultural, Carowinds theme park, Discovery Place, Spirit Square, NASCAR Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, the Charlotte Museum of History, Levine Museum of the New South, the McGill Rose Garden, and the Wing Haven Gardens. SouthPark Mall is one of the Southern United States' most upscale malls, including stores such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Hermès, Neiman Marcus, and American Girl. [162] Charlotte's sludge is handled, transported, and spread on farm fields in Chester by a company called Synagro, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Carlyle Group[163] Charlotte's sludge is of the "CLASS B" variety, which means it still contains detectable levels of pathogens.