Because Charlotte is located further from the coast, it’s more protected from hurricanes and severe storms than other North Carolina cities. What’s bringing so many young professionals to the Charlotte area? The good news is that employers in North Carolina are still hiring and jobs are slowly coming back. Related: Where Smart Investors Are Looking to Buy Real Estate in 2020Why Invest in CharlotteCharlotte’s Population Is Growing Like CrazyCharlotte has a population of approximately 2.6 million people. On average, Charlotte is adding twice as many jobs as the rest of the country.