Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte is a very large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 842,051 people and 200 constituent neighborhoods, Charlotte is the largest community in North Carolina.

Charlotte is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Charlotte is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.81% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Charlotte. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Charlotte landscape.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Charlotte is having a public transportation system, but in Charlotte the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Charlotte benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

Charlotte is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.27% of adults in Charlotte have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Charlotte's cultural character, accounting for 15.71% of the city’s population.

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