The Charlotte, North Carolina region is composed of 16 counties, including four counties in South Carolina, with the city of Charlotte serving as the hub. Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte lies within the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, along the state’s border with South Carolina. Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname "the International Gateway to the South."
Nearly 60 percent of the country's population lives within a two-hour flight of Charlotte, North Carolina, and 6.9 million people live within a 100-mile radius. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the national hub of US Airways, is the 14th largest airport in the nation based on passenger totals, the 31st largest airport worldwide based on passenger totals and 8th in the nation for total operations, averaging 655 flights daily by 11 major airlines and 14 regional carriers. These flights provide non-stop service to 179 cities. More than 34 million passengers traveled through Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2008.
Charlotte’s highly efficient and growing interstate highway system offers drivers convenient access to the city. I-77 and I-85 connect Charlotte to cities in the Northeast, Southwest and Midwest. Convenient I-40, less than one hour north, provides an important east-west link with coast-to-coast access. In addition, easy access is available on U.S. routes 74, 29 and 21. There is excellent bus service in Charlotte. Greyhound and Trailways serve the area with more than 350 arrivals and departures weekly.