Besides being the third fastest growing major city in the United States, Charlotte is also known for its nicknames such as the ‘Queen City’ and the ‘Hornet’s Nest’. ‘Charlotteans’, as residents call themselves, enjoy the variety of shared living spaces, such as condos, that have sprung up around the city in the wake of Charlotte’s rapid development. Features that are common to Charlotte condos include balconies overlooking the beautiful city skyline and sizes from one to three or even four bedrooms.
Charlotte is home to 199 different neighborhoods, many of which are residential districts and some of which are mixed-use business, retail, and residential areas. While Biddleville is known as a historic district with many unique architectural features, Plaza-Midwood is known for its international community that includes many Eastern Europeans, Greeks, and Middle-Easterners. For those that want to live in the heart of retail and shopping districts, SouthPark and Park Road are two popular areas that hold many fine dining opportunities and businesses. North of Uptown is the North Davidson area, which is known for being a hub of arts and culture, with galleries interspersing its high-rise residential options. Myles Park, Dilworth, and Eastover, on the other hand, are more suburban in feel, containing tree-lined streets and some of the largest houses in the city.
There is no doubt that finance and banking are the two main pillars of the Charlotte economy. However, there are also major employers in the industries of tourism and hospitality, manufacturing, technology, education, healthcare and medical sciences, government, retail and commerce, energy, and motorsports. There are nine Fortune 500 companies in Charlotte, including Bank of America, Lowe’s, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, and Family Dollar. The Carolinas Healthcare System alone employs 35,000 residents, while Wells Fargo has a workforce of 22,000. Other top job sources include Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Novant Health, and American Airlines.