North Carolina State Guide

North Carolina is in the southeast of the United States. It borders four other states: South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, and Virginia to the north. The easternmost part of North Carolina is right on the Atlantic Ocean and has miles of beautiful coastline.

North Carolina is the 9th most populated state in the U.S., with almost 10.5 million people living there. Even though Charlotte is the state’s most populous city, Raleigh is its capital. North Carolina has a wide range of elevations and a lot of different types of landscapes, from coastal plains to mountains. It is also home to Mount Mitchell, which is the highest point in the US east of the Mississippi River. North Carolina has two different climate zones because of its different elevations. Most of the state is in the “humid subtropical climate zone,” while a small part is in the “Subtropical Highland Climate zone.”

The well-known “Research Triangle Park” in North Carolina is made up of the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Research Triangle Park is the biggest research park in the United States. It is connected to the universities in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill). North Carolina is a very important state for financial services because Charlotte is the second-largest banking city in the country after New York City.

  • State Mottos: Esse Quam Videri: Latin “To be, rather than to seem” (official), First in Flight
  • State Nickname(s): “Old North State”, “The Tar Heel State”
  • State Bird: Cardinal
  • State Anthem: “The Old North State”
  • State Flower: Flowering Dogwood
  • State Capitol: Raleigh
  • Population:
    Total Population: 10,383,620
    Population Density: 208.7/sq mi
  • Department of State:
    North Carolina Secretary of State, 2 South Salisbury Street | Raleigh, NC 27601
    Phone Number: (919) 814-5400
    State Department Phone Numbers
    Website

Major industries:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive, Truck, & Heavy Machinery
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
  • Business & Financial Services
  • Energy
  • Food Processing & Manufacturing
  • Furniture
  • Information Technology
  • Plastics & Chemicals
  • Textiles
  • Tourism
  • Energy

Entertainment

Top 5 National & State Parks:

  1. CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE
    Nags Head, NC 27959
    Phone Number: (252) 473-2111
    Website
  2. CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK
    431 Main St | Chimney Rock, NC 28720
    Phone Number: (828) 625-9611
    Website
  3. CROWDERS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
    522 Park Office Ln | Kings Mountain, NC 28086
    Phone Number: (704) 853-5375
    Website
  4. FORT MACON STATE PARK
    2303 E Fort Macon Rd | Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
    Phone Number: (252) 726-3775
    Website
  5. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN
    2050 Blowing Rock Hwy | Linville, NC 28646
    Phone Number: (828) 963-9522
    Website

Sports Teams

  • BASKETBALL
    Charlotte Hornets
    (represent North and South Carolina)
    NBA, Eastern Conference, Southeast Division
    Website
  • FOOTBALL
    Carolina Panthers
    (represent North and South Carolina)
    NFL, NFC South
    Website
  • HOCKEY
    Carolina Hurricanes
    (represent North and South Carolina)
    NHL
    Website
    The Charlotte Checkers
    AHL
    Website
  • BASEBALL
    Durham Bulls
    AAA, Minor League
    Website
    Charlotte Knights
    AAA, Minor League
    Website
  • SOCCER
    North Carolina FC
    USL Championship
    Website
  • Annual State Fair:
    North Carolina State Fair
    1025 Blue Ridge Rd | Raleigh, NC 27607
    Month: October
    Website

Quick Guide to Charlotte

With more than 850,000 people, Charlotte is the most populated city in North Carolina. It is also the county seat for Mecklenburg County. The city is in the Piedmont plateau, which is between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was one of the metro areas with the fastest population growth in the United States. According to census data, it was also the third fastest-growing city in the United States.

So, Charlotte is now the second largest city in the Southeast of the United States, right behind Jacksonville. Charlotte is the second-largest banking center in the United States. It is home to the headquarters of Bank of America, Wells Fargo’s East Coast operations, and other large banks.

  • City Motto: Charlotte’s Got A Lot
  • City Nickname(s): “The Queen City”, “The QC”, “The Hornet’s Nest”
  • Crime Statistics: Website
  • Cost of Living Index Link: Website
  • Local Police Numbers:
    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: (704) 336-7600

School Districts:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools
    Phone Number: (980) 343-3000
    Website

Main Fire Department:

  • 500 Dalton Avenue | Charlotte, NC 28206
    Phone number: (704) 336-4174
    Website

Area Hospitals & Locations:

  • Carolinas Medical Center
    1000 Blythe Boulevard | Charlotte, NC 28203
    Phone number: (704) 355-2000
    Website
  • Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
    200 Hawthorne Ln | Charlotte, NC 28204
    Phone number: (704) 384-4000
    Website

Major industries:

  • Finance
  • Business & Administrative
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology

Utilities

Local Electric Companies

  • Duke Energy
    P.O. Box 70516 | Charlotte, NC 28272
    Phone number: (800) 777-9898
    Website
  • EnergyUnited
    18019 Old Statesville Rd | Cornelius, NC 28031
    Phone number: (800) 522-3793
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 1831 | Statesville, NC 28687
    Website
  • Union Power Cooperative
    Headquarters
    1525 N Rocky River Rd | Monroe, NC 28110
    Phone number: (704) 289-3145
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 63047 | Charlotte, NC 28263
    Website
    District Office
    474 South Main Street | Oakboro, NC 28129
    Phone number: (704) 485-3335

Municipal Water Company

  • Charlotte Water (City of Charlotte)
    Government Service Centers:
    600 East 4th Street | Charlotte, NC 28202
    600 East Trade Street | Charlotte, NC 28202
    4150 Wilkinson Blvd | Charlotte, NC 28208
    Phone number: (704) 336-7600
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 1316 | Charlotte, NC 28201
    Website

Local Cable Companies

  • Greenwave Satellite Enterprise
    Phone number: (704) 717-0774
    Website
  • Spectrum
    Phone Number: (866) 874-2389
    Website
  • DirecTV
    Phone number: (855) 403-3473
    Website
  • Dish Network
    Phone number: (877) 699-9710
    Website

Waste Management

  • City of Charlotte
    Phone number: (704) 336-7600
    Website
  • Signature Waste Services
    10203 S Tryon St | Charlotte, NC 28273
    Phone number: (704) 714-9400
    By Mail: PO Box 7349 | Charlotte, NC 28241
    Website
  • Select Sanitation
    3324 Shopton Rd | Charlotte, NC 28217
    Phone number: (704) 588-4571
    Website
  • Suburban Sanitation
    P.O. Box 43048 | Charlotte, NC 28215
    Phone number: (704) 323-6030
    Website

Garbage Dumps

  • Foxhole Recycling Center
    17131 Lancaster Hwy | Charlotte, NC 28277
    Phone number: (980) 314-3867
    Website
  • Hickory Grove Recycling Center
    8007 Pence Road | Charlotte, NC 28215
    Phone number: (980) 314-3867
    Website
  • North Mecklenburg Recycling Center
    12300 N. Statesville Road | Huntersville, NC 28078
    Phone number: (980) 314-3867
    Website
  • Compost Central & Recycling Center
    140 Valleydale Road | Charlotte, NC 28214
    Phone number: (980) 314-3867
    Website

Quick Guide to Raleigh

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. It is also the county seat of Wake County and home to almost 500,000 people, making it the second most populous city in North Carolina. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” because there are so many oak trees there. Sir Walter Raleigh founded the Roanoke Colony in what is now Dare County in the 1500s. The city is named after Sir Walter Raleigh.

Raleigh is one of the three cities in the famous Research Triangle area. It is home to North Carolina State University (NC State). Even though most of the city is in Wake County, a small part of it also goes into Durham County. With its original grid pattern, Raleigh is a good example of one of the first cities in the U.S. that was planned. Even though the city didn’t have any major battles during the Civil War, it fell to the Union near the end of the war and had a hard time getting back on its feet.

In 1959, the Research Triangle Park was built. This was a big step forward for the city because it led to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs in science and technology. This was the start of the city’s continued growth, which has made it one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States in the 21st century.

  • Crime Statistics: Website
  • Cost of Living Index Link: Website
  • Local Police Numbers:
    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: (919) 831-6311

Major industries:

  • Cleantech & Smart Grid
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Information Technology & Technology
  • Life Sciences

School Districts:

  • Wake County Public Schools
    Phone Number: (919) 431-7400
    Website

Main Fire Department:

  • Dillon Building (Administration & Fire Marshal)
    310 West Martin Street | Raleigh, NC 27601
    Phone Number: (919) 996-6392
    Website
  • Raleigh Central Fire Station
    220 West Dawson Street | Raleigh, NC 27601
    Phone number: (919) 996-6115

Area Hospitals & Locations

  • UNC Rex Hospital
    4420 Lake Boone Trail | Raleigh, NC 27607
    Phone number: (919) 784-3100
    Website
  • WakeMed Health & Hospital
    3000 New Bern Avenue | Raleigh, NC 27610
    Phone number: (919) 350-8000
    Website

Utilities

Local Electric Companies

  • Duke Energy Progress
    Customer Service Center
    160 Rush Street | Raleigh, NC 27603
    Phone number: (800) 452-2777
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 70516 | Charlotte, NC 28272
    Website
  • Wake Electric
    Customer Service Location
    100 S. Franklin Street | Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Phone number: (919) 863-6300
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 1229 | Wake Forest, NC 27588
    Website
  • Piedmont Electric
    Post Office Drawer 1179 | Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Phone number: (800) 222-3107
    Website

Municipal Water Company

  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities
    1 Exchange Plaza #620 | Raleigh, NC 27601
    Phone number: (919) 996-4540
    Website

Local Cable Companies

  • Century Link
    Phone number: (919) 729-6869
    Website
  • Spectrum
    Phone number: (877) 906-9121
    Website
  • DirecTV
    Phone number: (855) 403-3473
    Website
  • Dish Network
    Phone number: (877) 699-9710
    Website
  • Windstream Communications
    Phone number: (800) 347-1991
    Website

Waste Management

  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities
    1 Exchange Plaza #620 | Raleigh, NC 27601
    Phone number: (919) 996-4540
    Website
  • Garcia Garbage Removal
    2312 Brimwater Dr | Raleigh, NC 27604
    Phone number: (919) 524-9079
    Website
  • Waste Industries
    3741 Conquest Dr | Garner, NC 27529
    Phone number: (919) 662-7100
    Website

Garbage Dumps

  • South Wake Sanitary Landfill
    6300 Old Smithfield Road | Apex, NC 27539
    Phone number: (919) 856-7400
    Website
  • North Wake Multi-Materials Facility
    9004 Deponie Dr | Raleigh, NC 27614
    Phone number: (919) 870-4006
    Website

Quick Guide to Durham

The city of Durham is the county seat of Durham County. It is home to more than 250,000 people. Durham is one of the three points that make up the famous Research Triangle. It is home to both Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Durham has a long history with Native Americans.

The Eno and Occoneechi tribes, which are related to the Sioux and Shakori, lived there, and it was a major stop on The Great Indian Trading Path. During the time before the Civil War, large plantations were set up in Durham. One of the largest in the South, Stagville Plantation, was one of these. In the 19th century, as railroads spread across the country, Durham became a major railway depot. Its location between Raleigh and Hillsborough made it a good place to stop for water and wood.

During the Civil War, troops on both sides learned about Durham’s “Brightleaf Tobacco” and quickly came to like it. The success of Durham’s tobacco led to a prosperous time for the city, and the famous Bull Durham Tobacco Company was founded during this time.

  • Crime Statistics: Website
  • Cost of Living Index Link: Website
  • Local Police Numbers:
    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: (919) 560-4600

Major industries:

  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology/Informatics
  • Transportation Products
  • Environmental Products/Green Electronics
  • Education
  • Automated Products

School Districts:

  • Durham Public Schools
    Phone Number: (919) 560-2000
    Website

Main Fire Department:

  • 2008 E Club Boulevard | Durham, NC 27704
    Phone number: (919) 560-4242

Area Hospitals & Locations:

  • Duke University Hospital
    2301 Erwin Road | Durham, NC 27705
    Phone number: (919) 684-8111
    Website
  • Duke Regional Hospital
    3643 North Roxboro Street | Durham, NC 27704
    Phone number: (919) 470-4000
    Website

Utilities

Local Electric Companies

  • Wake Electric
    Customer Service Location
    100 S. Franklin Street | Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Phone number: (919) 863-6300
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 1229 | Wake Forest, NC 27588
    Website
  • Duke Energy Progress
    Customer Service Center
    4412 Hillsborough Rd | Durham, NC 27705
    Phone number: (800) 452-2777
    Pay by mail: P.O. Box 70516 | Charlotte, NC 28272
    Website
  • Piedmont Electric
    P.O. Box 1327 | Roxboro, NC 27573
    Phone number: (800) 222-3107
    Website

Municipal Water Company

  • City of Durham Public Works
    101 City Hall Plaza, Ste. 3100 | Durham, NC 27701
    Phone number: (919) 560-4326
    Website

Local Cable Companies

  • Century Link
    Phone number: (919) 729-6869
    Website
  • Spectrum
    Phone number: (877) 906-9121
    Website
  • DirecTV
    Phone number: (855) 403-3473
    Website
  • Dish Network
    Phone number: (877) 699-9710
    Website
  • Windstream Communications
    Phone number: (800) 347-1991
    Website

Waste Management

  • City of Durham: Solid Waste Management
    1833 Camden Avenue | Durham, NC 27704
    Phone number: (919) 560-4186
    Website
  • Waste Industries
    148 Stone Park Court | Durham, NC 27703
    Phone number: (919) 596-1363
    Website

Garbage Dump

  • Waste Disposal & Recycling Center
    2115 E Club Boulevard | Durham, NC 27704
    Phone number: (919) 560-4611
    Website