Mecklenburg County is a county located on the border in the southwestern part of the state of North Carolina, in the United States. Its county seat and largest city is Charlotte. Like its capital Charlotte (capital of NC is Raleigh), the county is named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen of the United Kingdom, whose name is derived from the region of Mecklenburg in Germany, itself deriving its name from Mecklenburg Castle in the village of Dorf Mecklenburg. Mecklenburg County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The major industries of Mecklenburg County are banking, manufacturing, and professional services, especially those supporting banking and medicine. Mecklenburg County is home to six Fortune 500 companies, including 21st-ranked Bank of America.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) serves the entire county; however, the State of North Carolina also has approved a number of charter schools in Mecklenburg County (independently operated schools financed with tax dollars). The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County serves residents of Mecklenburg County.