Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte is a very large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 827,097 people and 200 constituent neighborhoods, Charlotte is the largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities, Charlotte isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Charlotte are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charlotte is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlotte who work in office and administrative support (12.59%), sales jobs (12.20%), and management occupations (11.56%).

Also of interest is that Charlotte has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One important feature of Charlotte is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.81% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Charlotte anyway. So, if you like to drive, Charlotte is the city for you! The landscape around Charlotte reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

Charlotte is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Charlotte really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Charlotte citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Charlotte ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Charlotte a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The citizens of Charlotte are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.27% of adults in Charlotte have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Charlotte in 2010 was $32,254, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,016 for a family of four. However, Charlotte contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Charlotte is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charlotte home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charlotte residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Charlotte also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Charlotte include Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

In addition, Charlotte has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.71%).

The most common language spoken in Charlotte is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.