Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. Charlotte is a fairly medium sized city at approximately 800,000 citizens, while Greater Charlotte has close to 1.7 million people. Charlotte is the 17th largest city in America. Charlotte is a major financial center in America, and the second largest banking center second to New York City. Bank of America, and Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) are headquartered in Charlotte. Self-titled "charlotteans" have nickname Charlotte the "Queen City" in honor of the wife of British King George III before the city's founding in 1755. Charlotte is located in the “Bible-Belt” of southeastern America and enjoys a humid subtropical climate situated between the Appalachian Moutains and the Atlantic Ocean. Several reputable universities and colleges are located in and around Charlotte such as Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte School of Law, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson & Wales University, Queens University of Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Several Fortune 500 companies are settled in Charlotte such as: Bank of America, Lowe's, Nucor, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Family Dollar, Goodrich Corporation, SPX Corporation, and Domtar.