Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina.
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It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County and the second largest city in the southeastern United States, just behind Jacksonville, Florida.
The Southeastern United States is the eastern portion of the Southern United States, and the southern portion of the Eastern United States.
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish.
Jacksonville is a seaport city and the seat of Duval County, Florida, United States.
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In 2014, the estimated population of Charlotte according to the U.S. Census Bureau was 809,958, making it the 17th largest city in the United States based on population.
The Charlotte metropolitan area ranks 22nd largest in the US and had a 2014 population of 2,380,314.
The Charlotte metropolitan area is a metropolitan area/region of North and South Carolina within and surrounding the city of Charlotte.
The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2014 U.S. Census population estimate of 2,537,990.
A combined statistical area is composed of adjacent metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas in the United States and Puerto Rico that can demonstrate economic or social linkage.
It is listed as a "gamma-plus" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
The Globalization and World Cities Research Network, commonly abbreviated to GaWC, is a think tank based in the Geography department at Loughborough University in England, that studies the relationships between world cities in the context of globalization.
A global city, also called world city or sometimes alpha city or world center, is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system.
Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast operations of Wells Fargo, which along with other financial institutions makes it the second largest banking center in the United States.
Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with "hubquarters" throughout the country.
Bank of America is an American multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Among Charlotte's many notable attractions, some of the most popular include the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League, two NASCAR Sprint Cup races and the NASCAR All-Star Race, the Wells Fargo Championship, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Ballet, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a non-profit outdoor recreation and athletic training facility for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking which opened to the public on November 4, 2006.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning body.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major international hub, and was ranked the 23rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in 2013.
Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate.
A humid subtropical climate is a zone of climate characterised by hot, usually humid summers and mild to cold winters.
The city is located several miles east of the Catawba River and southeast of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina.
Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest man made body of fresh water located in North Carolina.
The Catawba River originates in Western North Carolina and the name of the river changes to the Wateree River in South Carolina.
Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake are two smaller man-made lakes located near the city.
Mountain Island Lake is a lake northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station.