Why Charlotte?

Charlotte is the ideal market to conduct your research.  Our demographics closely match those of the south and are also representative of the nation.  Our city is the second largest banking center in the country and generates almost $15 billion in annual retail sales.  We have been recently ranked the fourth best city for jobs, eighth in the number of Fortune 500 companies, and have been voted America’s most livable community.  Charlotte's international airport offers direct flights to over 140 destinations, averages over 700 flights daily, and is the sixth most active airport in the nation.

Cities with Seven or More Fortune 500 Companies
Rank City # Headquartered
1 New York 42
2 Houston 23
3 Atlanta 10
4 Dallas 9
5 Minneapolis 8
5 San Francisco 8
5 St. Louis 8
8 Chicago 6
8 Charlotte 6


Area Demographics

Charlotte and the surrounding area is home to over 1.8 million citizens and includes the North Carolina counties of Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, and Union as well as the South Carolina counties of York and Lancaster.

Population
 
 
 
Total Population - City of Charlotte
772,627
Total Population - Mecklenburg County
966,160
Total Population - Charlotte MSA
1,857,624
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mecklenburg County
U.S.A.
South
Age
 
 
 
0-14
21.4%
19.4%
19.9%
15-24
13.6%
14.1%
14.0%
25-34
16.8%
13.4%
13.3%
35-44
15.8%
12.9%
13.2%
45-54
13.8%
14.1%
13.9%
55+
18.7%
26.1%
25.8%
Median Age
33.9
37.4
37.2
 
 
 
 
Racial Composition
 
 
 
White
55.3%
77.9%
71.6%
Black
30.8%
13.1%
19.3%
Other
13.9%
9.0%
9.1%
 
 
 
 
Ethnic Population
 
 
 
Hispanic/Latino
11.6%
16.9%
16.4%
Asian
4.4%
5.1%
3.5%
 
 
 
 
Educational Attainment
 
 
 
High School Graduate or Higher
89.4%
85.4%
84.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher
40.7%
27.6%
27.0%
 
 
 
 
Household Income
 
 
 
Less than $24,999
22%
24%
27%
$25,000 - $49,999
35%
24%
25%
$50,000 - $74,999
21%
18%
18%
$75,000 and over
22%
34%
30%

Average Household Effective Buying Income

$60,089
$71,317
$66,589

Median Household Effective Buying Income

$44,790
$51,371
$47,486

Demographic data for Charlotte is provided by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and data for the U.S.A. and South region is provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The South region is composed of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.