A city on the rise. A university with vision.

Located in the 2nd largest financial center in the U.S., Charlotte is a place where policy implications and applications are examined in the context of the corporate landscape to predict turning points in the market. 


Home to the global headquarters of seven Fortune 500 companies, the region has become a magnet for ambitious and aspiring young professionals from all over the world. The Queen City has such a pro-business environment that more than 291 of Fortune’s top 500 companies have placed one or more facilities within the Charlotte area.

Charlotte by the Numbers

  • With some 757,300 residents, the city now ranks as the nation’s 17th largest
  • The 5th fastest growing metro area of the 52 largest metro areas
  • Charlotte lies at the heart of a region that is the 6th largest urban area in the United States
  • Ranked 2nd Best City for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Ranked the 12th Best Place for Business and Careers by Forbes
  • Charlotte is the world’s 6th most-active airport in total operations and the nation’s 8th busiest in total passengers

City of Charlotte

Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Charlotte Knights Triple-A baseball team, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Lowes Motor Speedway. Additionally, each May the PGA Wells Fargo Championship hosts the world’s best golfers.

Residents of the Charlotte region also have access to a variety of arts and cultural resources, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Mint Museums, the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Levine Museum of the New South and Discovery Place. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Arts & Science Council is the second-largest arts oversight group in the country.

Read about Charlotte’s feature in the NY Times- 36 Hours in Charlotte, NC.

Read more about what Charlotte has to offer.