Capital city Raleigh
Population 10,453,948 (2020)
Surface 139,509 km²
Governor Roy Cooper (D)
Member of the US since 1789

North Carolina is one of the fifty states of the United States. The state is located in the east of the country. The abbreviation for North Carolina is NC. Its nickname is ‘The Tar Heel State’. With 9,656,401 residents, North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in the US. North Carolina borders the states of Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. The state is also located on the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh.


There are many cities in North Carolina. Here are the five largest.

North Carolina’s Largest Cities

Name Inhabitants County
1. Charlotte 751.087 Mecklenburg County
2. Raleigh 416,468 Wake County
3. Greensboro 273.425 Guilford County
4. Durham 233.252 Durham County
5. Winston-Salem 232.385 Forsyth County

How many counties in North Carolina? The State of North Carolina comprises 100 counties, including one consolidated city-county (Camden).

Charlotte (city)

Charlotte’s skyline

Charlotte is a very large city in the United States with approximately 690,000 residents today. It is located in the US state of North Carolina. Although Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, it is not the capital. That’s Raleigh. Much of the population here is black. Geographically, Charlotte is located in southwestern North Carolina and in the east of the entire US. Charlotte has a very large metropolis with approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. The city has a rapidly growing population and in the future the number of inhabitants will reach 1 million. It is considered the eighteenth largest city in the entire US. Charlotte is now the financial, industrial, political and cultural center of North Carolina.

Partner cities

  • Baoding – China
  • Arequipa – Peru
  • Kumasi – Ghana
  • Krefeld – Germany
  • Limoges – France
  • Manaus – Brazil
  • Wroclaw – Poland
  • Voronezh – Russia

Raleigh (North Carolina)

The skyline of Raleigh

Raleigh is a large city in the United States with a population of 401,555 in the year 2009. It is the capital of the US state of North Carolina, but not its largest city. That ‘s because Charlotte. But Raleigh is the second largest city and together with Charlotte, Raleigh is the financial, industrial, political and cultural center of all of North Carolina. The population of Raleigh is growing very fast. In the future, the population will reach 500,000. You can travel around the city by tram, cars and many other transports. Much of the population in Raleigh is of African origin. The climate is often warm, but it can also drop considerably. The main suburb of Raleigh isCary with approximately 134,000 inhabitants in the year 2008. Raleigh has a large conurbation/metropolis of approximately 1.8 million inhabitants.

Partner cities

  • Kingston upon Hull – United Kingdom (England)
  • Rostock – Germany
  • Kolomna – Russia

Interstate 140 in North Carolina

Begin Belville
End Ogden
Length 27 mi
Length 43 km

8 Mount Misery Road

10 Cedar Hill Road

Cape Fear River


Northeast Cape Fear River

17 Castle Hayne


23 Military Cutoff Road


Interstate 140 or I -140 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The highway bypasses the coastal city of Wilmington in the southeastern part of the state. I-140 is 43 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-140 near Castle Hayne.

I-140 forms a bypass along the north side of the coastal city of Wilmington. The freeway begins west of town at a junction with US 17, then winds around Wilmington on a twisty track. The road leads through sparsely built-up areas on the periphery of Wilmington. In the northwest of the city is a connection to US 74 and US 76, followed by two bridges over the Cape Fear River. Between the two bridges is a connection to US 421. On the north side of Wilmington, a clover turbine then follows with Interstate 40. I-140 then terminates east of Wilmington again on US 17.


In 1972, the first plans were made for a northern bypass of the coastal city of Wilmington. This highway especially had to better connect the region, because there are many lagoons and lakes in the area, which provided many detour kilometres. However, the project was not included in the construction program until 1989, but construction was delayed and did not start until the last day of 2003. The first section of the highway opened to traffic on August 22, 2005, a 5 kilometer route between the I -40 and State Route 133 (Castle Hayne). On June 30, 2006, an extension from I-40 westward to US 421 opened for 6 kilometers. On that day, the eastern portion of US 17 also opened from I-40 to Scotts Hill. On October 16, 2014, 5 miles of I-140 west of Wilmington opened to traffic.

There was then still 12 miles missing from I-140 northwest of Wilmington, between Leland and Cape Fear. A bridge over the Brunswick River was also necessary here. This section started construction in 2014 and the official ‘ribbon cutting’ followed on December 15, 2017, after which I-140 was opened on December 19, 2017.

Opening history

Van Unpleasant Length Datum
17 Castle Hayne 20 5 km 22-08-2005
14 17 Castle Hayne 6 km 30-06-2006
20 25 5 km 30-06-2006
0 5 8 km 16-10-2014
5 14 13 km 19-12-2017

Traffic intensities

18,000 to 20,000 vehicles use I-140 every day.

North Carolina - The Tar Heel State

North Carolina – The Tar Heel State
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