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Charlotte is one of the prime locations for real estate in North Carolina, located near Lake Norman a 32,500-acre man-made lake with 520 miles of shoreline provides scenic vistas, recreation and wildlife for all to enjoy.  Whether you are searching for your dream home, vacation home, or investment property, Charlotte has plenty to offer.  The growth of the Charlotte area has exploded in population, in 1980 the population of Charlotte was 315,473, in 2000 the population was estimated at 540,828, and in 2006 the population was estimated at 630,478 an 46% increase since 1990 population of 395,934.  Charlotte is the fastest growing municipality in North Carolina, this tremendous population growth has fueled a booming real estate and homebuilding industry. Newcomers can choose from a broad range of home styles and prices, family-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike trails, waterfront condominium communities with boat slips, or spacious luxury apartments.  Charlotte's demographics can be found here.  If you would like to read the news about the town of Charlotte click here.  Located near Charlotte is the Birkdale shopping village in Huntersville, and the Concord Mills shopping mall in Concord which is one of N.C. largest tourist destinations.  Also Charlotte has plenty of shopping, with more being constructed with many national chains and also located in Charlotte are the Shopping malls Eastland, Carolina Place MallSouthPark mall and the newest mall Northlake.  There are plenty of restaurants in the Charlotte area to choose from and they can be searched from here.  Aside from great neighborhoods, countless amenities and its friendly small town atmosphere, Charlotte also enjoys the recreational opportunities Lake Norman offers along with its prime lakeside property.  Click here for an electronic version of the Official Charlotte visitor guide.  Charlotte maintains its quaint, southern charm, even as the community is booming with new business and industry. In 2008, Charlotte was chosen the "Best Place to Live in America" by in its annual ranking, based on factors including employment opportunities, crime rates, and housing affordability.

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Charlotte offers plenty of recreation opportunitiescity calender of events, several city parks to enjoy, along with city sponsored recreation leagues.  Lake Norman provides water recreation opportunities for those to enjoy.  Mecklenburg County has three public access parks for boating located near the City of Charlotte, Ramsey Creek Park(Cornelius) is free, Blythe Landing(Huntersville) is free, and Jetton Park(Cornelius) has a small access fee.  There is several public access parks for boating located near the City of Charlotte, such as Lake Norman State Park, Hager Creek, McCrary Creek, Pinnacle, and Stumpy Creek.  Several Marina's are located near the town, Inland Sea Marina, Stutts Marina, All Seasons Marina, North Bridge Marina, Lake Norman Marina, Kings Point Marina, and Holiday Marina.  If you are a golf buff you will enjoy playing golf at the Mooresville Golf Course, Mallard Head Country ClubPeninsula Club, North Stone Club, Skybrook Golf Club, Highland Creek Golf Club, The Tradition Golf Club, Oak Hills Golf Course, Sunset Hils Golf CourseWarrior Golf Club, Kannapolis Country Club, Fox Den Country Club, Statesville Country Club, Lakewood Golf Club, or the Birkdale Golf Club, also you will enjoy playing at the other local golf courses in the area.  Over 60 race teams are located in nearby Mooresville helping Charlotte to get the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  There are several other racing attractions near Charlotte such as Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum, the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame & Visitor Center, the Mooresville Dragway, PIT Instruction & Training, NASCAR Technical Institute, and the Pit Indoor Kart Track.

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The History of Charlotte

The area that is now Charlotte was first settled in 1755 when Thomas Polk (uncle of U.S. President James K. Polk), who was traveling with Thomas Spratt and his family, stopped and built his house of residence at the intersection of two Native American trading paths between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers. One of the paths ran north-south and was part of the Great Wagon Road; the second path ran east-west along what is now modern-day Trade Street. In the early part of the 18th century, the Great Wagon Road led settlers of Scots-Irish and German descent from Pennsylvania into the Carolina foothills. Within the first decades following Polk's settling, the area grew to become the community of "Charlotte Town," which officially incorporated as a town in 1768. The crossroads, perched atop a long rise in the Piedmont landscape, became the heart of modern Uptown Charlotte.

In 1770, surveyors marked off the new town's streets in a grid pattern for future development. The east-west trading path became Trade Street, and the Great Wagon Road became Tryon Street, in honor ofWilliam Tryon, a royal governor of colonial North Carolina. The intersection of Trade and Tryon is known as "Trade & Tryon" or simply "The Square".

Both the city and its county are named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the German-born wife of British King George III. The town name was chosen in hopes of winning favor with the crown, but tensions between the United Kingdom and Charlotte Town began to grow as King George imposed unpopular laws on the citizens in response to the townspeople's desire for independence. On May 20, 1775, the townsmen allegedly signed a proclamation later known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a copy of which was sent, though never officially presented, to the Continental Congress a year later.The date of the declaration appears on the North  Carolina State Flag.  Eleven days later, the same townsmen met to create and endorse the Mecklenburg Resolves, a set of laws to govern the newly independent town.

Charlotte was a site of encampment for both American and British armies during the Revolutionary War and, during a series of skirmishes between British troops and Charlotteans, the village earnedthe lasting nickname "Hornet's Nest" from frustrated Lord General Charles Cornwallis. An ideological hotbed of revolutionary sentiment during the Revolutionary War and for some time afterwards, thelegacy endures today in the nomenclature of such landmarks as Independence Boulevard, Independence High School, Independence Center, Freedom Park, Freedom Drive, and the former NBA team Charlotte Hornets. Churches, mainly of the Presbyterian faith, but also Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Catholics, began to form in the early 1800s, eventually giving Charlotte its nickname "The City ofChurches."

In 1799, 12-year-old  Conrad Reed brought home a rock weighing about 17 pounds, which the family used as a bulky doorstop for three years before it was recognized by a jeweler as near solid gold and bought for a paltry $3.50. The first verified gold find in the fledgling United States, young Reed's discovery became the genesis of the nation's first gold rush.  Many veins of gold were found in the area throughout the 1800s and even into the early 1900s, thus the founding of the Charlotte Mint in 1837 for minting local gold. The state of North Carolina "led the nation in gold production until the California Gold Rush of 1848," although the total volume of gold mined in the Charlotte area was dwarfed by subsequent rushes. Charlotte's city population at the1880 Census grew to 7,084. The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912. The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized the mint at the outbreak of the Civil War.  The mint was not reopened at the end of the war, but the building survives today, albeit in a different location, now housing the Mint Museum of Art.  

The city's first boom came after the Civil War, as a cotton processing center and a railroad hub. Population leapt again during World War I, when the U.S. government established Camp Greene north of present-day Wilkinson Boulevard. Many soldiers and suppliers stayed after the war, launching an ascent that eventually overtook older and more established rivals along the arc of the Carolina Piedmont.

The city's modern-day banking industry achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, largely under the leadership of financier Hugh McColl.  McColl transformed North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) into a formidable national player that, through a series of aggressive acquisitions, eventually became Bank of America.  Another bank, First Union, experienced similar growth, and is now known as Wachovia after a merger. Today, measured by control of assets, Charlotte is the second largest banking headquarters in the United States after New York City.


Education in the Charlotte Area

Education in the Charlotte area is of prime importance to the citizens of Charlotte.  The City of Charlotte Schools that are in Mecklenburg County can be accessed from here.

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