Get to Know Our Host City

The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte is home to over 827,000 residents. Charlotte is ranked #17 among the largest U.S. cities by population.

Charlotte’s Got Personality

Head over to the The Crown Jewel, the City of Charlotte’s blog that tells stories about this determined city and showcases inspiring people and practices. Discover the restaurants, neighborhoods, places to see and things to do in Charlotte in this insider-access publication: Charlotte’s Got a Blog.

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About those Nicknames

The Queen City

Charlotte’s most famous nickname comes from her namesake — Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, King George III’s wife. The City of Charlotte resides in Mecklenburg County, NC, named for the German region where Queen Charlotte was born.

The Hornet’s Nest

In 1781 during the Revolutionary War, British General Cornwallis and his troops were met with such resistance upon entering Charlotte that he dubbed the town “a hornet’s nest of rebellion.” The nickname stuck as the locals embraced it, and is the source of their NBA team name, the Charlotte Hornets. You can also see a hornets nest featured on the city’s police cars and badges.

Bank Town

Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the U.S. after New York. Home to Bank of America’s headquarters and Wells Fargo’s East Coast operations, Charlotte is an economic hot spot, now with a nickname to back it up.

Do as the Locals Do

Call the central business district Uptown, not Downtown. Charlotte’s central district is located on the highest elevation of the city, and residents have been referring to it as Uptown since at least the middle of the 20th century, but perhaps as far back as the 19th century. In 1974 the city council issued a proclamation officially designating the historic sector as “Uptown Charlotte.”

Charlotte: Always Welcome Campaign

Deeply rooted in our city’s DNA is a warm and welcoming spirit. Charlotte’s energy and optimism have attracted a diverse community of residents and visitors. Our business climate and highly talented workforce continue to lure new industries to our vibrant city. The Always Welcome campaign will be a catalyst in uniting our community and remind­ing the world that we are a place that supports, celebrates and welcomes all who visit, live, learn, work and play here. We are also a place that is open for business, embraces and promotes diversity, inclusion and equality and knows our differences make us stronger. Even as our city continues to expand and grow, our genuine and open to all attitude will always be a part of what makes Charlotte so special.