Charlotte is a major U.S. financial center, and is now the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City. In 2013, the estimated population of Charlotte according to the U.S. Census Bureau was 792,800 making it the 16th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area (which is comprised of a sixteen-county market region) ranks 23rd largest in the US. In 2013, it touted a population of over 2,335,000. The Charlotte-Metro region is home to more than 270 Fortune 500 Companies, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Nucor Steel, Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Cheerwine.
The city is a major U.S. financial center, with both Bank of America and Wells Fargo’s East Coast operations headquartered in the city. Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, the Charlotte Knights of AAA Baseball, the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.