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North Carolina is a state in the United States of America. North Carolina is the 11th most populous state, according to the 2000 Census, with a resident population of 8,046,579. The population grew by 21.4% from the 1990 total of 6,628,637. According to Census records, only 8 other states grew faster during the last decade (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, and Utah).
North Carolina consists of 48,843 square miles of land and 3,826 square miles of inland water. The total area of 52,669 square miles ranks North Carolina twenty-ninth in area among the states. The Old North State lies on the Eastern Seaboard with half of the population of the United States living within a 500-mile radius of the state. The state's temperate climate has four distinct seasons and is highly acclaimed for its year-round living comforts. Rainfall is adequate and dispersed over the entire year.
- source: North Carolina's State Web Site http://www.ncgov.com/
North Carolina has the Outer Banks, a chain of islands, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and everything in between. "From Murphy to Manteo" we say.
Together with South Carolina it forms Carolina, sometimes called The Carolinas.
When to come
Summers can be warm, especially during July and August, but in general the climate of North Carolina is mild compared to its neighbors in the southeast. For example, the average July high in Charlotte, and most central NC cities, is 90 degrees. In the mountains of Asheville, the average July high is only 84, and highs below 90 are also found on the coast. For travelers coming from warmer climates, summers in North Carolina are quite nice, especially in the mountains.
During the summer, high humidity combined with summer temperatures above 90 degrees may be hazardous for senior citizens and those of ill health. Between the months of June and August, heat advisories are not uncommon. The good news about the heat is the air and ocean water temperatures, particularly for the Southeast NC beaches, remain comfortable for swimming and beach-going well into September, if not October.
In general, for travelers coming from cooler climates, the heat and humidity of southern summers can be a shock, making spring and fall much more attractive. During the Fall season, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a popular destination due to the beauty of the foliage. It should be noted that construction on Highway 321 may involve delays. Please check your local traffic reports.
In the winter, the mountains of northwestern North Carolina offer skiing and other winter sports.
North Carolina is a very old and traditional state. In some ways, North Carolina can claim to be the first state. In 1775, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, even though NC wasn't the first to ratify the constitution.
Standard English is the major language, and spoken in all of the large cities. The local dialect in the Western regions can seem impenetrable, but not impossible. Spanish is a popular second language used by a sizable minority population in some areas.
Also in Western North Carolina, the Cherokee language is spoken by 15,000-20,000 people.
In the City of Charlotte you will also find a wide amount of languages spoken due to the city's high immigrant population.
North Carolina borders Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Any of the surrounding states by road.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport; hub for commercial, cargo, corporate, private, military and trucking operations; on the web at http://www.charlotteairport.com
By boat on the Outer Banks/Coast.
North Carolina has decent roads, Charlotte's can be a bit questionable at times, but they're usable for the most part. Some mountain areas still have unpaved roads, and some of the Outer Banks are unpopulated.
The Biltmore Estate; http://www.biltmore.com - George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore House, extensive gardens, and winery located in Asheville.
Andy Griffith; http://visitmayberry.com - Located in Mt.Airy - entertainment, lodging, dining, shopping, and more in the town that inspired Andy Griffith's Mayberry in the classic television series.
The Lost Colony; http://www.thelostcolony.org/ - A 400 year-old mystery haunts Roanoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks. There, in 1587, about 120 men, women and children established the first English colony in the New World -- then vanished without a trace, leaving historians and archaeologists with one of America's most perplexing mysteries.
The Blue Ridge Parkway; http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/ - 2005 marks the 70th anniversary of this beautiful 469 mile route.
Charlotte is the center of the state's 1st metro area, Metrolina (together with Gastonia, Concord, Monroe, and Rock Hill, SC).
Charlotte is a very green city (in terms of grass and trees), it claims to be America's greenest city, and it may very well be.
In this area you will also find several water ways, and forests. Great for cooling off during the long, hot North Carolina summers.
The The Appalachian Mountains provide extensive trails for hiking and many places allow for overnight camping. Also, The Grandfather Mountain provides a fantastic view and is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range; http://www.grandfather.com/
Feel free to also visit Harrah's Cherokee Casino located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. http://www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
Down home Southern cooking style.
North Carolina isn't known for its violence. As with any state, it is best to use common sense whenever visiting an unfamiliar place.
Outside of the major metro areas, North Carolina is very rural and undeveloped. You should be aware that this makes for dangerous wildlife and plants. If hiking, avoid straying from the marked trail. There are numerous poisonous animals located in North Carolina. Please use common sense. Also, during the summer months, thunder storms increase and the potential for dangerous lightening should be acknowledged.
Near the ocean, shark attacks have been on the rise in recent times. Always take precautions while enjoying the beautiful Atlantic ocean.
Due in large part to the rural nature of North Carolina, residents have come to expect the 'Hick' label and are either A) accepting and indulge traditional Southern behavior or B) are grossly offended.
The Southern drawl in language is generally charming to most outsiders. In most cases, mutual respect is expected and southern hospitality is a staple of the area.