- The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comprises a population of app. 1.8 million people; the area (16 counties) of the local economic development agency Charlotte Regional partnership covers 2.8 mio people.
- It has the sixth busiest airport according to take-offs and landings in the world (by far more than for example Frankfurt or CDG), is the seventh largest in the U.S. by passengers and with its 44.2 mio passengers in 2014 it ranks #24 in the world (Munich has about 34 mio. passengers).
- It has non-stop daily connections to Ottawa, Toronto, Mexico-City, Frankfurt, Munich (LH), Paris, London, Dublin, Rome; it is also the second largest gate to the Caribbean. The number of passengers going through Charlotte in 2013 is almost double of the maximum capacity of the new airport in Berlin (BER).
- Charlotte is home to one of the largest banks in the world, Bank of America, and is the second-largest banking center in the United States (only second to New York).
- The largest American steel producer (Nucor) is headquartered in Charlotte.
- The largest privately held electricity producer in the U.S. (Duke Energy) is headquartered in Charlotte.
- Charlotte and the surrounding 16 counties of the Charlotte Regional Partnership are a ‘hot bed’ for German companies: more than 200 German companies have settled here, among them, absolute power houses like SIEMENS Power Energy, ZF, Getrag, Bosch Rexroth, and BMW in Greer, SC is only 1.1/4 hours away.
- Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) with its more than 70,000 students on 7 campuses in Charlotte is one of the five leading community colleges in the U.S. They are part of the Skills Initiative: They have a close joint venture with Festo in Germany, offer apprenticeships after the model of the German “Lehre” and offer apprenticeship programs which are countersigned by the IHK Karlsruhe. The mechatronics center is unique in the U.S.
- Sports in Charlotte, North Carolina have a long and varied history. The city is home to teams at nearly every level of American sports including the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, and Charlotte Knights of the Minor League Baseball. In addition to serving as the home base for several teams the city plays host to many events of national and international importance including the longest race in NASCAR, the annual Coca-Cola 600 and golf's Wells Fargo Championship.
And last but not least:
10. Charlotte is named after the princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was married to King George III of England. The county surrounding the city is Mecklenburg County.