A REGION LIKE NO OTHER
Interstates 77 and 85 intersect in Charlotte, linking the city with the Great Lakes region, New England and Florida. Interstate 40, which stretches westward across the nation to California, intersects in the Queen City. Major route U.S. Highway 74 also runs through Charlotte.
According to U.S. Census data, Charlotte/Mecklenburg County is home to over 1 million residents. Having added more than 110,000 people between 2010 and 2015, Charlotte is one of America's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Nearly 2.8 million people reside within the 16-county Charlotte region.
TRANSPORTATION BY AIR
Charlotte Douglas International Airport ranks as the fifth-busiest airport in the nation and the sixth-busiest in the world. It's ninth in passenger traffic and 32nd nationally in cargo. With an average of 700 daily departures, it offers nonstop service to 165 destinations (30-plus international). Seven major airlines, 15 regional carriers and two foreign flag carriers serve more than 100 markets.
International flights to Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are available, and all other worldwide destinations are only one stop away. More than 44 million total passengers were serviced in Charlotte in 2016. Sixty percent of the U.S. population lives within 650 miles or a two-hour plane ride from Charlotte. Our location, midway along the East Coast, makes air travel to all major cities more cost- and time-efficient.
BUSINESS & FINANCE
North Carolina and South Carolina have consistently been ranked by Site Selection magazine among the top-10 states for doing business. North Carolina has landed within the top three on the list of "Top State Business Climate Rankings" for more than 10 years (claiming first for more than half of them), and South Carolina has landed within the top 10 for nine of the last 10 years.
Seven Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Charlotte region, and nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies are represented here. The region is also home to more than 1,000 foreign-owned firms making it the largest international community between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.