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.

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.

Of the large cities in America, Charlotte is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.81% of people in Charlotte drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Charlotte, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

Charlotte, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Charlotte are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of Charlotte ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Charlotte, 41.27% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.