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About North Carolina
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The US state of North Carolina is situated in the eastern central United States with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean in east.
The state is bordered by Virginia in north, South Carolina in south, Georgia in southwest and Tennessee in west. The state's nickname is "Tar Heel State".
The area of today North Carolina was part of the original territory of the United States.
Both North Carolina and South Carolina were included in the charter that established Carolina in 1663. The two areas separated in 1712—a separation that was finalized when the Carolina Colony was dissolved in 1729. Admission to Union on 21st November 1789.
With an area of 139,390 km² (53,819 sq mi),  the state is about twice the size of Ireland. Compared with other US states, North Carolina would fit into Texas 5 times.
North Carolina's Landscape
Image: Eric WettsteinFour regions make up North Carolina's geography (from east to west):
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North Carolina shares one UNESCO World Heritage Site with Tennessee.
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major North American refuge of temperate zone flora and fauna that survived the Pleistocene glaciations. The park covers an area of over more than 200,000 ha centered on the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountain chain.
The park is home to the largest remnant of an Arcto-Tertiary geoflora that once covered the Northern Hemisphere, and it provides an indication of the appearance of late Pleistocene (Ice Age) flora.
The main park entrance in North Carolina is at Cherokee, and in Tennessee at Gatlinburg.
North Carolina has a population of 10.2 million people (est. in 2018) , capital is Raleigh, largest city is Charlotte, and largest metropolitan area in the state is Charlotte metro area.
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By far the largest airport in the state is Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (IATA code: CLT).
Cities and Towns in North Carolina
The map shows the location of following cities and towns in North Carolina:
Largest cities in North Carolina with a population of more than 100,000:
Other cities and towns in North Carolina:
Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Atlantic, Boone, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Clinton, Concord, Dunn, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Forest City, Franklin, Gastonia, Goldsboro, Greenville, Henderson, Hendersonville, Hickory, Jacksonville, Kannapolis, Kinston, Laurinburg, Lenoir, Lexington, Lumberton, Manteo, Monroe, Morehead City, Mount Airy, Murphy, Nags Head, New Bern, Oxford, Reidsville, Roanoke Rapids, Rockingham, Rocky Mount, Roxboro, Salisbury, Sanford,
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The detailed map below is showing the US state of North Carolina with boundaries, the location of the state capital Raleigh, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.
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Reference Map of North Carolina
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