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Charlotte, located in the south-central region of North Carolina near the South Carolina border, is one of the 20 largest cities in the nation.

Charlotte is a major banking center with headquarters for Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Water recreation is available on the Catawba river and several nearby lakes. Charlotte is the home of the U.S. National Whitewater Center which is an outdoor recreation center for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking and hiking.

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte is home to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte.

Major professional sports teams in football and basketball and the NASCAR Hall of Fame are also located in Charlotte.

Among GreatPlacesToRetire cities, Charlotte ranks high in demographic diversity, medical care and natural hazard risks. Charlotte ranks low in air and water quality and nuclear hazard risk.

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