Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States, is a classical Southern city with a modern, multicultural twist. Charlotte is the home of NASCAR, America’s favourite motorsport, and an ideal playground for sports enthusiasts and exercise amateurs everywhere. It has a proud heritage, while also being a thriving higher education centre, a finance and business hub and a leisure-friendly location.
The city is one of the South-East US’s gateways to the international economy and headquarters to some of the world’s largest banking and insurance companies like Bank of America, Wells Fargo or MetLife. The financial and business sector is the largest employer in the metropolitan area, followed closely by the healthcare industry and the education sector.
Companies like Walmart, Duke Energy, American Airlines and Lowe’s complete the list of top employers which have a constant demand for new employees, both with specialised degrees such as medicine, accounting, engineering or IT, as well as administrative and business-related graduates. Charlotte is also a major centre for the US motorsport industry, housing the offices of NASCAR, as well as many heavy industry producers and subcontractors. Most companies organise internships for students and graduates.
Charlotte is a symbolic city for the South-East, a charming blend of old and modern which preserves its traditions while adapting to the future. It has many heritage sites and cultural landmarks which attract numerous tourists as well as residents:
A very popular event is the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, a history-themed fair which gathers almost 200,000 participants every year. It organises pageants, jousts, plays, battle re-enactments, as well as several Renaissance-themed games like horse-racing or archery.
Charlotte is also well-known as a major sports centre, with professional teams playing in the NFL, the NBA, the American Hockey League and Major League Lacrosse.
Another major advantage is the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which houses more than 1.5 million volumes, alongside numerous CDs and DVDs, attracting students and residents from the entire metropolitan area, and even the state.
For people fascinated by the outdoors, there are a few nature parks and theme parks offering hiking trails, rafting options and water sports.
Charlotte is well known for its wide religious diversity, being a melting pot of different American cultures, including African-American, Native American, Hispanic and East-Asian. The official language is English, but Spanish is also spoken locally. The local accent is intelligible with relative ease, displaying some typical Southern characteristics. The city also has a growing international student community, adding to its cosmopolitan feel.
The weather in Charlotte is fairly humid, with hot and rainy summers and short, cold winters. The city has a daily average for January of 40.1 °F (4.5 °C) and for July of 78.5 °F (25.8 °C). Charlotte usually has about 41.6 inches (1,060 mm) of precipitations per year, while winter months have, on average, 4.3 inches (10.9 cm) of snow. The cold season can also produce ice storms with a mixture of sleet and rain.
Accommodation options in Charlotte are reasonable and diverse:
Charlotte is a moderately expensive city in compared to the U.S. estimate. The average living cost in Charlotte ranges from 964 to 1092 USD/month, excluding accommodation. Food costs reach about 348 USD/month, with cheaper options available at Asian restaurants. A public transport pass is around 88 USD/month, while a one-way ticket is 2.23 USD.
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