Charlotte, North Carolina, City and Higher Education Facts

Information about Charlotte

Known as the Queen City, Charlotte had an estimated population of about 809,958 people in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Its financial sector, active arts community, variety of institutions of higher learning and mild weather make it a popular relocation destination for many students and young professionals from across the country.

Charlotte's Blumenthal Performing Arts Center hosts ballet, opera and repertory theater performances, and the city also boasts its own symphony orchestra. The area is home to professional football and basketball teams. Charlotte enjoys fairly moderate weather, with temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees in summer. Snowfall in Charlotte is minimal. Only about half of winter days dip below freezing.

Higher Education in Charlotte

An educational as well as financial center, the Charlotte metropolitan area has ten non-profit institutions of higher education, as well as numerous for-profit schools. Non-profit 4-year schools in Charlotte include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University and Johnson & Wales University. The city also hosts several 2-year schools, including the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Central Piedmont Community College.

Economic and Employment Facts

Charlotte is one of the country's major financial centers, serving as headquarters for Bank of America, one of the nation's largest bank holding companies. A number of other major corporations also maintain their headquarters in the metropolitan area, including Family Dollar and Duke Energy, the country's largest electric power holding company. The median household income in Charlotte is more than $6,500 higher than in North Carolina as a whole, according to 2010-2014 census figures, mainly due to the prevalence of white-collar occupations in the city.

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