Welcome to North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area. Once called Charlottetowne, the city was named Charlotte in 1762 in honor of the British Queen “Charlotte Sophia” while the county was named Mecklenburg to denote the region in Germany where she was born. In 2012, the estimated population of Charlotte according to the U.S. Census Bureau was 775,202 making it the 17th largest city in the United States based on population. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname “the International Gateway to the South.”
Created between 1959 and 1964 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline and offers numerous attractions to explore. Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. These charming towns bring you adventures of all shapes and sizes including animal encounters, living history, upscale shopping, NASCAR, fishing and of course, plenty of water play. Lake Norman has several private and public chartered cruises to choose from Located only 15 miles from uptown Charlotte Lake Norman is THE place for fun in the sun.
If you are around Lake Norman and decided to dine in one of the best restaurants on the area, you might be sitting right next to your favorite NASCAR driver. Less than 20 miles from Charlotte, the Motor Speedway Stadium is located in Concord, one of the best fast growing suburbs in the Charlotte Area. According to Census 2010, the city has a current population of 79,066. It is the largest city in Cabarrus County. There are several other smaller cities and towns close to Concord, including Kannapolis, China Grove, Landis, Mt. Pleasant, Harrisburg, Midland, and Locust.
The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has 199 Neighborhood Statistical Areas, as determined by the city’s planning division. These neighborhoods are located either on the Center, East, West and South part of the city. In the last decade South Charlotte’s impressive growth has caught the attention of every Charlottean and newcomers. Residential and Commercial growth in this area has attracted new buyers and companies making it a hot spot for living and working.
Old neighborhoods like Dilworth, Cotswold and Elizabeth now have a refreshing modern response like Arboretum, Blakeney and Ballantyne as newer upscale areas, offering great schools and family oriented locations.
Established in 1842, Union County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of North Carolina. It provides a unique blend of rural and metropolitan lifestyles. While having vast areas of nature untouched by development, it also has areas flourishing in suburban and industrial growth. As the South Charlotte area becomes increasingly populated and preferred to live in, Union County had become one of the locations with affordable living and great low taxes. Improvements on South providence Road and quickly growth on Waddington, Marvin and Waxhaw areas makes Union County a great place to raise a family.