Charlotte has more headquartered Fortune 500 companies than all but five other U.S. cities – two of these eight companies have relocated to Charlotte in recent years. In the past 10 years alone 8,928 new firms have opened in Charlotte creating 77,327 new jobs and investing $7.4 billion in new facilities. These companies call Charlotte home for a reason.
Just as Charlotte’s location offers residents the benefits of both the mountains and the ocean, it also offers the best of all worlds in weather. This makes the city’s weather one of its strongest assets, attracting visitors and new residents alike. The year is filled with days which invite you outside to enjoy the clear blue sky and bright sun; the perfect backdrop to Charlotte’s beautifully landscaped neighborhoods, commercial areas, parks and lakes.
The area’s climate can best be described as moderate, pleasant and sunny. Forget about the winter blues of our northern neighbors or the stifling summer heat of our southern friends. In Charlotte, the weather entices you outside all year round.
Average temperatures in Charlotte: January ; July
Max and Min: 49-30 ; 89-70
Relatively speaking, Charlotte is not the sultry South many think it to be. The city’s normal summer humidity is 74°, compared to 80° in the central interior of the United States, 77° in Jacksonville, Florida, and 76° in Houston, Texas.
Severe weather, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, is a rarity in Charlotte.
Charlotte’s quality health care facilities and outstanding competent physicians and health professionals serve more than one million patients a year. In a rapidly evolving industry driven by research and technology, Charlotte-Mecklenburg is on the cutting edge, offering the most sophisticated treatment, and utilizing state-of-the-art medical technology. Prominent national and international specialists have been attracted to Charlotte to teach and to conduct research in such specialties as laser surgery, heart disease, organ transplantation, orthopedics and spinal cord injuries.
There are six major hospitals located in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg areas representing two health care systems, Carolinas HealthCare System and Presbyterian Healthcare.
Charlotte is first and foremost a banking city. With more than $1.1 trillion in assets, it is the second largest financial center in the nation, behind only New York. By comparison, Atlanta has assets of only $127.9 billion and Miami $12.6 billion. Two of the nation’s largest banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are headquartered here. Each is ranked by Forbes magazine. In total, 24 banks with more than 229 local branches, as well as a Federal Reserve Branch, are located in Charlotte. Our banks provide a wealth of services to commercial and individual customers and are leaders in the financial services industry.
Charlotte is served by an excellent state and federal highway network, including major north south and east-west interstate arteries, and a modern, expanded international airport terminal. In addition, eight major airlines offer direct and nonstop daily flights to 155 cities. International travelers appreciate the nonstop flights to Frankfurt, London, Toronto, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each year over 11.8 million passengers board planes at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, ranking it the 17th most active air transportation center in the nation.
The LYNX Blue Line offers fast, quiet, convenient light-rail service to 15 stations between uptown Charlotte and I-485 at South Blvd. Dozens of bus routes are timed to connect with trains at the Blue Line stations, making it easy to get to work, to shopping or wherever you need to be.
The Charlotte region is also the center of the country’s largest consolidated rail system. Two major rail systems, Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation, link 27,000 miles of rail between Charlotte and 22 eastern states. Each offers piggyback facilities combining with 300 trucking firms located here. Direct connections are provided to the Ports of Wilmington, Morehead City and Charleston.