OVERVIEW WHY CHARLOTTE
Charlotte has been recognized as the top travel destination in the Carolinas and the #1 “up and coming city in America” by Yelp. It is both what’s now and what’s next.
The “Queen City” continually garners widespread attention for its ever-evolving cityscape and enduring role as host to some of the nation’s most important events, figures and industries.
Beyond its banking prowess, Charlotte boasts one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor must-sees, beloved sports franchises, culinary trailblazers and an invigorating arts and entertainment scene. In fact, with multiple theater venues, acclaimed art and history museums and more than 100 symphony performances annually, Charlotte’s cultural community is alive, thriving and only getting better.
This yet-to-be fully discovered international destination also offers exclusive attractions found only in Charlotte, from the Olympic-level whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center to high-speed fun at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and much more.
Most importantly, the city is filled with friendly residents who will instantly make you feel like you’re right at home. That’s why, for all its flourishing growth and impressive success, Charlotte has happily preserved the sweet Southern charm and hospitality that make it so hard to leave — and so easy to come back!
FAST FACTS Charlotte by the Numbers
Charlotte is one of the busiest airports in the world with 700 daily nonstop flights and 173+ nonstop destinations including 40 international destinations
Vibrant Industries in the Charlotte Region:
There are 117,000 tech workers across all industries in Charlotte, adding 13,000 core high-tech jobs and more than 9,000 tech-adjacent analytical jobs since 2013. Technology sector has seen a 32% growth since 2013 with growth particularly strong (55%) in IT and software services.
This sector has a $22 billion total impact on the Charlotte region’s economy. Charlotte has a robust workforce of more than 142,000 workers in the healthcare industry along with another 96,041 indirect jobs supported by expenditures of healthcare companies and workers. Healthcare is the largest sector of employment in the Charlotte Region with 4,800 health care establishments.
There are 3,500 manufacturing companies located in the Charlotte region creating 17,000 jobs. At 2.2%, North Carolina’s private-sector union membership rate is one of the lowest in the nation. Manufacturing accounts for 10% of the North Carolina workforce but more than 20% of its economic output.
Transportation assets include Charlotte Douglas International Airport, four interstate highways, an inland terminal operated by the North Carolina Ports Authority, Norfolk Southern’s state-of-the-art intermodal facility and CSX’s newly launched express freight services to the Port of Wilmington. It’s no wonder more than 60,000 people in the Charlotte region work directly in the transportation and logistics industry, and nearly 100,000 more work in transportation and logistics-related occupations.