Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city. It is located in the southern part of the state near the South Carolina border. The city was named after King George III of England's wife, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Charlotte was the center of U.S. gold production from 1800 to 1848. It was a leading Confederate city during the Civil War and was the last meeting place of the full Confederate cabinet.
Charlotte stands as the second-largest banking center in the United States, and two of the nation's top banks, Wachovia and Bank of Americahave their headquarters there. Most of the employers are involved in the education, health care, government, technology, and communications sectors. The city is a hub for US Airways.
Charlotte is the home of the University of North Carolina. It is also famous for Carolina Panthers and Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Charlotte will be the host of the National Democratic Convention in the year 2012.