Essence of Charlotte
Great cities, like great discoveries, sometime happen by accident. More than 250 years ago, Scottish and Irish settlers were following a couple of old Catawba Indian trading routes. Where the paths crossed, the settlers stopped. And Charlotte began.
Today, things no longer happen in Charlotte by accident. Rather, we’re a city of purposeful newcomers — many of them individuals who compared Charlotte to their current address and said, “Let’s pack up the moving van.”
Through careful planning and gradual development, we’ve emerged as one of the South’s — and one of the United States’ — premier cities. Today Charlotte is the 17th most populous city in the country, a big climb from 35th place in 1990. There’s a reason so many people from around the world now consider Charlotte home. Come discover Charlotte for yourself.