North Carolina

Last Updated: April 17, 2021

Overview

North Carolina is a state in the Southern region of the United States. On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution. It is the 28th largest and ninth most populous of the 50 States. Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and Charlotte is the most populous and largest city of North Carolina including Greensboro and Durham as two other largest cities of the state.

North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina on the south, Georgia on the southwest, Tennessee on the west, Virginia on the north and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The state offers a large range of recreational activities including swimming, skiing, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, rock climbing, biking, hiking, camping etc.

Talking about the state’s weather, in the coastal plain, the climate is impacted by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf stream. Along the coast, these impacts cause warmer winters, where the temperature drops below freezing point. Besides, the state experiences severe weather both in summer and winter.

The state, like many other states, has cultural and historical significance. On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully piloted the world’s first controlled sustained flight at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina’s outer bank. North Carolina uses “First in Flight” on state license plates to commemorate this achievement.

The state is full of tourist attractions. Charlotte is the ample visited city in the state, attracting 28.3 million visitors in 2018. Some of the nicest places to visit in North Carolina are Blue Ridge Parkway, The Biltmore Estate, Morehead Planetarium and science centre, Linville Gorge and Falls Battleship North Carolina, North Carolina Aquarium, North Carolina Zoo, Chimney Rock State Park, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Bald Head Island etc.

Key Facts:

  • In 2020, the Per Capita Personal Income in North Carolina was 50,086 U.S. dollars.
  • The unemployment rate in North Carolina was at 7.3 percent in 2020.
  • In 2018, North Carolina had the 11th largest state economy by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the U.S. at nearly $566 billion.
  • Some of the largest contributors to the North Carolina economy are Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, manufacturing, Informational Technology, Business and financial services, Textile, Tourism etc.