North Carolina (NC), nicknamed the Old North State or the Tar Heel State, was the 12th state in the U.S. becoming a state on November 21, 1789. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, however the largest city is Charlotte. Other major cities include sister city to the capital, Durham, as well as Winston-Salem. Its two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest-growing in the country: Raleigh, and Charlotte. Approximately 9,848,060 North Carolinians call the state home.
Upon moving to North Carolina, you’ll realize this uniquely situated state borders Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the Atlantic Ocean. This diversity provides the Appalachian Mountains (and their subranges of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Balsam Mountains, and Black Mountains), the plains and the Atlantic Ocean, and all in between for recreation. The extreme eastern section of the state contains the Outer Banks, a string of sandy, narrow barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and two inland waterways or "sounds": Albemarle Sound in the north and Pamlico Sound in the south. They are the two largest landlocked sounds in the United States. So many ships have been lost off Cape Hatteras that the area is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic"; more than 1,000 ships have sunk in these waters since records began in 1526. The most famous of these is the Queen Anne's Revenge (flagship of the pirate Blackbeard) which went aground in Beaufort Inlet in 1718.
If you’re moving to North Carolina, and have a member of the family with college on the horizon, you’re in luck. Today, the state is home to many big name schools including North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.
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In addition to some top seeded college teams, North Carolina is home to some of the best in professional sports. North Carolina is home to three major league sports franchises: the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League and the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association are based in Charlotte, while the Raleigh-based Carolina Hurricanes play in the National Hockey League. North Carolina has no Major League Baseball team, but they are home to several minor league teams. North Carolina has a strong affiliation with NASCAR and stock-car racing, with Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord hosting two Sprint Cup Series races every year. Charlotte also hosts the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while Concord is the home of several top-flight racing teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Chip Ganassi Racing.