As one of the Southeast's premier places to live, more than 500,000 people reside within Charlotte's borders, approximately 1.3 million within the metro area, and 6 million within a 100-mile radius. Charlotte is home to 292 of the top Fortune 500 companies and more than 340 foreign firms. Financial experts know Charlotte as the nation's second largest banking center (next to New York City), with more than $362 billion in banking assets. The nation's fifth largest urban region, Charlotte and environs have been attracting more and more people every year.

Located in the sunny, moderate Central region of the Tar Heel state, Charlotte has unlimited accessibility. Interstates 77 and 85, which intersect in Charlotte, link the city with the Great Lakes region, New England, and Florida. Interstate 40, running coast-to-coast across the United States, is only an hour north of Charlotte. A two-hour journey to the west takes you to the Blue Ridge Mountains; a three-and-a-half hour trip to the east, to Atlantic beaches. Within an hour's drive east of the city are some of the world's best golf courses.

As home to the Panthers, the Hornets, the Sting, as well as the Checkers, Charlotte offers a wide variety of professional sporting options for those sporting enthusiasts. In addition to these sporting opportunities, Charlotte provides recreation lists with a large number of outdoor activities with its many parks and recreation areas.

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