Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte is a very large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 859,035 people and 200 constituent neighborhoods, Charlotte is the largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Charlotte is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.23%), management occupations (11.99%), and sales jobs (11.79%).

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 attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Charlotte is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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: 81.78% 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 is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.89% 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 $34,687, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,748 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 13.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Charlotte include German, Irish, English, Italian, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Charlotte's cultural character, accounting for 16.43% of the city’s population.

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