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Welcome to North Carolina


North Carolina is a state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N).

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 8,049,313, a 21.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Raleigh.
Largest city, Charlotte. 
Motto, Esse Quam Videri [To Be Rather than to Seem].
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, dogwood.
State tree, pine.

North Carolina, in the warm temperate zone, has a generally mild climate, with abundant and well distributed rainfall. The state's congenial climate, its many miles of beaches, and its beautiful mountains attract large numbers of visitors and vacationers each year. Chief among the tourist attractions are the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. Wildlife abounds in national forests (the state has four) and in the Dismal Swamp. Places of historic interest include Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, on Roanoke Island; the Wright Brothers National Memorial, at Kitty Hawk; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, at Flatrock; and Guilford Courthouse and Moores Creek national military parks.

North Carolina leads the nation in the production of tobacco and is a major producer of textiles and furniture. It grows 40% of all U.S. tobacco, but the continuing trend is toward diversification. Broilers, hogs, turkeys, greenhouse products, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans, peanuts, and eggs are important. Plentiful forests supply the thriving furniture and lumber industries. The state has long been a major textile manufacturer, producing cotton, synthetic, and silk goods as well as various kinds of knit items. Other leading manufactures are electrical machinery, computers, and chemicals; the Research Triangle complex near Chapel Hill has spurred high-tech manufacturing, as well as bringing federal jobs into the state. The state also has mineral resources: It leads the nation in the production of feldspar, mica, and lithium materials and produces substantial quantities of olivine, crushed granite, talc, clays, and phosphate rock. There are valuable coastal fisheries, with shrimp, menhaden, and crabs the principal catches. Charlotte developed in the 1980s into a major U.S. banking center, and related businesses have flourished in the area.

 

 

Charlotte -Quality of Life

 

The Carolina's Atlantic beaches, which stretch from North Carolina's Outer Banks to Myrtle Beach and Charleston in South Carolina, provide plenty of fun for a weekend getaway or a summer vacation.  The rugged, scenic Blue Ridge Mountains offer ample opportunity for hiking, camping and even skiing. Within North Carolina, Charlotte offers a quality of life that is arguably the best in the state. The city is home to many professional sports, including NFL, NBA and WNBA teams; a thriving arts community that enjoys exceptional corporate support; competitively priced housing; and a wide range of restaurants and shopping opportunities.
Charlotte was named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. In addition to a local economy currently growing by leaps and bounds, Charlotte's other quality of life factors rank high. First, its weather: Both summers and winters are relatively mild. While Charlotte experiences a fair dose of heat and cold, including a generous dumping of snow on occasion, the city is spared from the extremes so often faced by other cities located further north along the Eastern Seaboard, as well as south into South Carolina and Florida. Despite the mild weather conditions, Charlotte does experience four distinct seasons, including a yearly display of stunning fall foliage.  
More about Charlotte here

*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.

 

Exploring North Carolina and South Carolina

Day trips from Charlotte, NC are a great way to see beautiful North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Within 2.5 hours estimated drive, you can explore quaint mountain towns like Hendersonville, Asheville, Black Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk and many of the lovely state parks of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Explore the Piedmont region for furniture shopping, antiques and a sampling of the hospitality and offerings of our charming small-towns. Most surprising to our guests is that North Carolina has over 50 wineries state-wide to visit to and from your day trip destination.

 

Charlotte Climate Summary

(Monthly Average)

 

Month

Daily Max
Temp. F

Daily Min Temp.
F

Average
Mo. Temp. F

Relative
Humidity %


Precip.
Inches

Avg. No.
of Sunny Days

January

49.0

29.6

39.3

72

3.71

15

February

53.0

31.9

42.5

68

3.84

15

March

62.3

39.4

50.9

68

4.43

17

April

71.2

47.5

59.4

68

2.68

18

May

78.3

56.4

67.4

78

3.82

18

June

85.8

65.6

75.7

80

3.39

18

July

88.9

69.6

79.3

82

3.92

19

August

87.7

68.9

78.3

84

3.73

20

September

81.9

62.9

72.4

83

3.50

19

October

72.0

50.6

61.3

80

3.36

21

November

62.6

41.5

52.1

76

3.23

18

December

52.3

32.8

42.6

73

3.48

16

Year

70.4

49.7

60.1

76

43.09

214

Source: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; National Weather Service, 30 Year averages for 1960-1990 www.noaa.com