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Mecklenburg County

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The Cities and communities of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina *


Charlotte (County Seat), Cornelius



Matthews, Mint Hill


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Information & Facts about Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


City of Charlotte - Mecklenburg County official homepage

Sheriff Office of Mecklenburg County

The county is governed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.

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2007 - 871,432
2006 - 827,445
1005 - 780,618
2004 - 771,617
2003 - 753,049
2000 - 695,454
1990 - 511,433

Population Density:
2000 - 1,322 persons per square mile

Housing Units:
2000 - 292,780

The large metropolitan area has 1.6 million people

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The county is located in the south-central portion of North Carolina next to the border with South Carolina

Nearby Counties to Mecklenburg County are:
North - Iredell
Northeast - Cabarrus
Southeast - Union
South - Lancaster County in South Carolina
Southwest - York County in South Carolina
West - Gaston County
Northwest - Lincoln County

Try this mapping page for the area

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Charlotte & Mecklenburg County offer a moderate climate with fairly mild winters of rare snowfall with about half of the days above freezing. Nearby mountain areas offer enough snowfall for great skiing in the winter. Summers have an average temperature of about 76 degrees F. with cooling off during the night making the evenings most comfortable. Rain falls fairly evenly year-round with summer having the heaviest amounts.

Yearly Average annual rainfall - 43 inches
Yearly Average annual snowfall - 6 inches or less
Yearly Average Maximum Temperature - 70 degrees F.
Yearly Average Minimum Temperature - 49.7 degrees F.
Yearly Average Relative Humidity - 76%
Yearly Average number of sunny days - 214 days

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median household income:
2000 - $50,579

Per capita income:
2000 - $27,352

Median age:
2005 - 34 years
2000 - 33.1 years

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On 11 December 1762, Mecklenburg County was formed from Anson County. It was named forthe home province of Queen Charlotte, wife of England's King George III. The county seat, Charlotte, was also named for the Queen when the city was formed in 1768. In 1768, a portion of the county west of the Catawba River was carved out to create Tryon County. In 1792, Cabarrus County was created from the northeast portion of the county. Then, in 1842, Union County was formed from part of Mecklenburg County and Anson County.

Early settlers to the area appear to have come in the early 1700's, mainly being of Scotch and Irish descent. The local Native Americans were the Catawba Indians. By 1775, there were many scattered settlements, each desiring independence and freedom as many settlers of the day. 20 May 1775, citizens of the county drafted what was called the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. It would then appear that the county was the first part of the Thirteen Colonies to declare their independence from England. The first discovery of gold in the country happened here around 1800. James Knox Polk, the eleventh President of the United States, was born here in 1795 in what is now Pineville.

History resources for Mecklenburg County

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Total Area - 546 square miles
Land Area - 526.3 square miles
Water Area - 19.9 square miles

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Mecklenburg County GenWeb page

Mecklenburg County Digital Library

Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society

The Political Graveyard for Mecklenburg County

The Genealogy of Mecklenburg County

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The Public Library of Charlotte - Mecklenburg County
310 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 336-2725

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Education Center
701 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230
Phone: 980-343-3000

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) serves the entire county

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Mecklenburg County has a well-balanced econmy with employment distributed between all major sectors. Not only are there many large companies with million dollar sales, there are an equal number of small and medium businesses in the area.

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Organizations & Groups

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
330 S. Tryon St.,
PO Box 32785
Charlotte, NC 28232
Phone: (704) 378-1300

Mechlenburg Historical Association

Visit Charlotte
the sales and marketing component of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA).
formerly known as the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Attractions & Other Information

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Take a photo tour of Charlotte

President James K. POlk State Historic Site

The Charlotte Trolley and Museum

Reed Gold Mine - Site of the first documented discovery of Gold in the country in 1799


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