• Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina.
  • Approximately 75% of all the NASCAR teams in the world are headquartered within two hours of uptown Charlotte.
  • There are currently over 3,000 international refugees from over 40 different countries living in Charlotte.
  • The Charlotte Hornets used to be a baseball team, then a football team before they became a basketball team.
  • The Time Warner Cable Arena was almost never built after a public referendum failed to pass in 2001 – the city decided to ignore the public and built it anyway.
  • In 1799, in nearby Cabarrus County, 12-year-old Conrad Reed found a 17-pound rock, which his family used as a doorstop. Three years later, a jeweler determined it was nearly solid gold. This set off the nation’s first gold rush.
  • For over 50 years, Charlotte led the nation in gold production until the California Gold Rush of 1848.
  • In 1917, the population of Charlotte doubled in size overnight, going from about 45,000 residents to well over 80,000 after the US Army chose Charlotte to establish the Camp Green Training Facility
  • Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast operations of Wells Fargo. This makes it the second largest banking center in the United States.
  • North Carolina’s state flag and state seal  bear the date of the Declaration of Independence.