There are 740 cities in North Carolina. Raleigh is the capital city and Charlotte is the largest city. The state is divided into three regions, known as the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Appalachian Mountains and the Piedmont region. The cities range in environment from urban centers to rural beach towns.
North Carolina is known as the Old North State or the Tar Heel State. It has the ninth largest state population in the United States, which is 9,848,060 as of 2013. Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia are all neighboring states. The state is known for its diverse landscape and scenic destinations.