Charlotte initially made his mark as a transportation hub, but these days the banking sector governed.
Charlotte is the "second largest financial center in the nation, after New York," said Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Bank of America calls Charlotte home, while Citi, Ally Financial, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo are all host operations. The jobs offered by these big banks to swell the population of this city have helped over the years.
In addition, the area of growth have is the "half-back" phenomenon. North Carolina receives a large number of former northerners who retire to Florida decide first, but later, to leave the state.
"They will get hit by their second or third hurricane and they move halfway back to their old home," Morgan said.
1. Charlotte, N.C.
2. Raleigh, N.C.