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    • 1 to 3 days

      Charlotte

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

  • CHARLOTTE

  • ABERDEEN

  • ADVANCE

  • AHOSKIE

  • ALAMANCE

  • ALBEMARLE

  • ALBERTSON

  • ALEXANDER

  • ALEXIS

  • ALLIANCE

  • ALMOND

  • ALTAMAHAW

  • ANDREWS

  • ANGIER

  • ANSONVILLE

  • APEX

  • ARAPAHOE

  • ARARAT

  • ARDEN

  • ASH

  • ASHEBORO

  • ASHEVILLE

  • ATKINSON

  • ATLANTIC

  • ATLANTIC BEACH

  • AULANDER

  • AURORA

  • AUTRYVILLE

  • AVON

  • AYDEN

  • AYDLETT

  • BADIN

  • BAHAMA

  • BAILEY

  • BAKERSVILLE

  • BALSAM

  • BALSAM GROVE

  • BANNER ELK

  • BARCO

  • BARIUM SPRINGS

  • BARNARDSVILLE

  • BARNESVILLE

  • BAT CAVE

  • BATH

  • BATTLEBORO

  • BAYBORO

  • BEAR CREEK

  • BEAUFORT

  • BELEWS CREEK

  • BELHAVEN

  • BELLARTHUR

  • BELMONT

  • BELVIDERE

  • BENNETT

  • BENSON

  • BESSEMER CITY

  • BETHANIA

  • BETHEL

  • BEULAVILLE

  • BISCOE

  • BLACK CREEK

  • BLACK MOUNTAIN

  • BLADENBORO

  • BLANCH

  • BLOUNTS CREEK

  • BLOWING ROCK

  • BOILING SPRINGS

  • BOLIVIA

  • BOLTON

  • BONLEE

  • BOOMER

  • BOONE

  • BOONVILLE

  • BOSTIC

  • BRASSTOWN

  • BREVARD

  • BRIDGETON

  • BROADWAY

  • BROWNS SUMMIT

  • BRUNSWICK

  • BRYSON CITY

  • BUIES CREEK

  • BULLOCK

  • BUNN

  • BUNNLEVEL

  • BURGAW

  • BURLINGTON

  • BURNSVILLE

  • BUTNER

  • BUXTON

  • BYNUM

  • CALABASH

  • CALYPSO

  • CAMDEN

  • CAMERON

  • CAMP LEJEUNE

  • CANDLER

  • CANDOR

  • CANTON

  • CAROLEEN

  • CAROLINA BEACH

  • CARRBORO

  • CARTHAGE

  • CARY

  • CASAR

  • CASHIERS

  • CASTALIA

  • CASTLE HAYNE

  • CATAWBA

  • CEDAR FALLS

  • CEDAR GROVE

  • CEDAR ISLAND

  • CEDAR MOUNTAIN

  • CERRO GORDO

  • CHADBOURN

  • CHAPEL HILL

  • CHEROKEE

  • CHERRY POINT

  • CHERRYVILLE

  • CHIMNEY ROCK

  • CHINA GROVE

  • CHINQUAPIN

  • CHOCOWINITY

  • CLAREMONT

  • CLARENDON

  • CLARKTON

  • CLAYTON

  • CLEMMONS

  • CLEVELAND

  • CLIFFSIDE

  • CLIMAX

  • CLINTON

  • CLYDE

  • COATS

  • COFIELD

  • COINJOCK

  • COLERAIN

  • COLFAX

  • COLLETTSVILLE

  • COLUMBIA

  • COLUMBUS

  • COMFORT

  • COMO

  • CONCORD

  • CONETOE

  • CONNELLYS SPRINGS

  • CONOVER

  • CONWAY

  • COOLEEMEE

  • CORAPEAKE

  • CORDOVA

  • CORNELIUS

  • COROLLA

  • COUNCIL

  • COVE CITY

  • CRAMERTON

  • CREEDMOOR

  • CRESTON

  • CRESWELL

  • CROSSNORE

  • CROUSE

  • CRUMPLER

  • CULBERSON

  • CULLOWHEE

  • CUMBERLAND

  • CUMNOCK

  • CURRIE

  • CURRITUCK

  • DALLAS

  • DANA

  • DANBURY

  • DAVIDSON

  • DAVIS

  • DEEP GAP

  • DEEP RUN

  • DELCO

  • DENTON

  • DENVER

  • DILLSBORO

  • DOBSON

  • DOVER

  • DREXEL

  • DUBLIN

  • DUDLEY

  • DUNN

  • DURANTS NECK

  • DURHAM

  • EAGLE SPRINGS

  • EARL

  • EAST BEND

  • EAST FLAT ROCK

  • EAST SPENCER

  • EDEN

  • EDENTON

  • EDNEYVILLE

  • EDWARD

  • EFLAND

  • ELIZABETH CITY

  • ELIZABETHTOWN

  • ELK PARK

  • ELKIN

  • ELLENBORO

  • ELLERBE

  • ELM CITY

  • ELON

  • EMERALD ISLE

  • ENFIELD

  • ENGELHARD

  • ENKA

  • ENNICE

  • ERNUL

  • ERWIN

  • ETHER

  • ETOWAH

  • EURE

  • EVERETTS

  • EVERGREEN

  • FAIR BLUFF

  • FAIRFIELD

  • FAIRMONT

  • FAIRVIEW

  • FAISON

  • FAITH

  • FALCON

  • FALKLAND

  • FALLSTON

  • FARMVILLE

  • FAYETTEVILLE

  • FERGUSON

  • FLAT ROCK

  • FLEETWOOD

  • FLETCHER

  • FONTANA DAM

  • FOREST CITY

  • FORT BRAGG

  • FOUNTAIN

  • FOUR OAKS

  • FRANKLIN

  • FRANKLINTON

  • FRANKLINVILLE

  • FREMONT

  • FRISCO

  • FUQUAY VARINA

  • GARLAND

  • GARNER

  • GARYSBURG

  • GASTON

  • GASTONIA

  • GATES

  • GATESVILLE

  • GERMANTON

  • GERTON

  • GIBSON

  • GIBSONVILLE

  • GLADE VALLEY

  • GLEN ALPINE

  • GLENDALE SPRINGS

  • GLENVILLE

  • GLENWOOD

  • GLOUCESTER

  • GODWIN

  • GOLD HILL

  • GOLDSBORO

  • GOLDSTON

  • GRAHAM

  • GRANDY

  • GRANITE FALLS

  • GRANITE QUARRY

  • GRANTSBORO

  • GRASSY CREEK

  • GREEN MOUNTAIN

  • GREENSBORO

  • GREENVILLE

  • GRIFTON

  • GRIMESLAND

  • GROVER

  • GULF

  • HALIFAX

  • HALLSBORO

  • HAMILTON

  • HAMLET

  • HAMPSTEAD

  • HAMPTONVILLE

  • HARBINGER

  • HARKERS ISLAND

  • HARMONY

  • HARRELLS

  • HARRELLSVILLE

  • HARRIS

  • HARRISBURG

  • HASSELL

  • HATTERAS

  • HAVELOCK

  • HAW RIVER

  • HAYESVILLE

  • HAYS

  • HAZELWOOD

  • HENDERSON

  • HENDERSONVILLE

  • HENRICO

  • HENRIETTA

  • HERTFORD

  • HICKORY

  • HIDDENITE

  • HIGH POINT

  • HIGH SHOALS

  • HIGHFALLS

  • HIGHLANDS

  • HILDEBRAN

  • HILLSBOROUGH

  • HOBBSVILLE

  • HOBGOOD

  • HOBUCKEN

  • HOFFMAN

  • HOLLISTER

  • HOLLY RIDGE

  • HOLLY SPRINGS

  • HOOKERTON

  • HOPE MILLS

  • HORSE SHOE

  • HOT SPRINGS

  • HUBERT

  • HUDSON

  • HUNTERSVILLE

  • HURDLE MILLS

  • ICARD

  • INDIAN TRAIL

  • IRON STATION

  • IVANHOE

  • JACKSON

  • JACKSON SPRINGS

  • JACKSONVILLE

  • JAMESTOWN

  • JAMESVILLE

  • JARVISBURG

  • JEFFERSON

  • JONAS RIDGE

  • JONESVILLE

  • JULIAN

  • KANNAPOLIS

  • KELFORD

  • KELLY

  • KENANSVILLE

  • KENLY

  • KERNERSVILLE

  • KILL DEVIL HILLS

  • KING

  • KINGS MOUNTAIN

  • KINSTON

  • KIPLING

  • KITTRELL

  • KITTY HAWK

  • KNIGHTDALE

  • KNOTTS ISLAND

  • KURE BEACH

  • LA GRANGE

  • LAKE JUNALUSKA

  • LAKE LURE

  • LAKE TOXAWAY

  • LAKE WACCAMAW

  • LAKEVIEW

  • LANDIS

  • LANSING

  • LATTIMORE

  • LAUREL HILL

  • LAUREL SPRINGS

  • LAURINBURG

  • LAWNDALE

  • LAWSONVILLE

  • LEASBURG

  • LEICESTER

  • LELAND

  • LEMON SPRINGS

  • LENOIR

  • LEWISTON WOODVILLE

  • LEWISVILLE

  • LEXINGTON

  • LIBERTY

  • LILESVILLE

  • LILLINGTON

  • LINCOLNTON

  • LINDEN

  • LINVILLE

  • LINVILLE FALLS

  • LINWOOD

  • LITTLE SWITZERLAND

  • LITTLETON

  • LOCUST

  • LONGWOOD

  • LOUISBURG

  • LOWELL

  • LOWGAP

  • LOWLAND

  • LUCAMA

  • LUMBER BRIDGE

  • LUMBERTON

  • LYNN

  • MACCLESFIELD

  • MACON

  • MADISON

  • MAGGIE VALLEY

  • MAGNOLIA

  • MAIDEN

  • MAMERS

  • MANNS HARBOR

  • MANSON

  • MANTEO

  • MAPLE

  • MAPLE HILL

  • MARBLE

  • MARGARETTSVILLE

  • MARIETTA

  • MARION

  • MARS HILL

  • MARSHALL

  • MARSHALLBERG

  • MARSHVILLE

  • MARSTON

  • MATTHEWS

  • MAURY

  • MAXTON

  • MAYODAN

  • MAYSVILLE

  • MC ADENVILLE

  • MC FARLAN

  • MC GRADY

  • MC LEANSVILLE

  • MCCUTCHEON FIELD

  • MEBANE

  • MERRITT

  • MERRY HILL

  • MICAVILLE

  • MICRO

  • MIDDLEBURG

  • MIDDLESEX

  • MIDLAND

  • MIDWAY PARK

  • MILL SPRING

  • MILLERS CREEK

  • MILLS RIVER

  • MILTON

  • MILWAUKEE

  • MINERAL SPRINGS

  • MINNEAPOLIS

  • MISENHEIMER

  • MOCKSVILLE

  • MONCURE

  • MONROE

  • MONTEZUMA

  • MONTREAT

  • MOORESBORO

  • MOORESVILLE

  • MORAVIAN FALLS

  • MOREHEAD CITY

  • MORGANTON

  • MORRISVILLE

  • MORVEN

  • MOUNT AIRY

  • MOUNT GILEAD

  • MOUNT HOLLY

  • MOUNT MOURNE

  • MOUNT OLIVE

  • MOUNT PLEASANT

  • MOUNT ULLA

  • MOUNTAIN HOME

  • MOYOCK

  • MURFREESBORO

  • MURPHY

  • NAGS HEAD

  • NAKINA

  • NAPLES

  • NASHVILLE

  • NEBO

  • NEW BERN

  • NEW HILL

  • NEW LONDON

  • NEWELL

  • NEWLAND

  • NEWPORT

  • NEWTON

  • NEWTON GROVE

  • NORLINA

  • NORMAN

  • NORTH WILKESBORO

  • NORWOOD

  • OAK CITY

  • OAK ISLAND

  • OAK RIDGE

  • OAKBORO

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH

  • OCRACOKE

  • OLD FORT

  • OLIN

  • OLIVIA

  • ORIENTAL

  • ORRUM

  • OTTO

  • OXFORD

  • PANTEGO

  • PARKTON

  • PARMELE

  • PATTERSON

  • PAW CREEK

  • PEACHLAND

  • PELHAM

  • PEMBROKE

  • PENDLETON

  • PENLAND

  • PENROSE

  • PFAFFTOWN

  • PIKEVILLE

  • PILOT MOUNTAIN

  • PINE HALL

  • PINE LEVEL

  • PINEBLUFF

  • PINEHURST

  • PINEOLA

  • PINETOPS

  • PINETOWN

  • PINEVILLE

  • PINEY CREEK

  • PINK HILL

  • PINNACLE

  • PISGAH FOREST

  • PITTSBORO

  • PLEASANT GARDEN

  • PLEASANT HILL

  • PLUMTREE

  • PLYMOUTH

  • POINT HARBOR

  • POLKTON

  • POLKVILLE

  • POLLOCKSVILLE

  • POPE ARMY AIRFIELD

  • POPLAR BRANCH

  • POTECASI

  • POWELLS POINT

  • POWELLSVILLE

  • PRINCETON

  • PROCTORVILLE

  • PROSPECT HILL

  • PROVIDENCE

  • PURLEAR

  • RAEFORD

  • RALEIGH

  • RAMSEUR

  • RANDLEMAN

  • RED OAK

  • RED SPRINGS

  • REIDSVILLE

  • REX

  • RHODHISS

  • RICH SQUARE

  • RICHFIELD

  • RICHLANDS

  • RIDGECREST

  • RIDGEWAY

  • RIEGELWOOD

  • ROANOKE RAPIDS

  • ROARING GAP

  • ROARING RIVER

  • ROBBINS

  • ROBBINSVILLE

  • ROBERSONVILLE

  • ROCKINGHAM

  • ROCKWELL

  • ROCKY MOUNT

  • ROCKY POINT

  • RODANTHE

  • RODUCO

  • ROLESVILLE

  • RONDA

  • ROPER

  • ROSE HILL

  • ROSEBORO

  • ROSMAN

  • ROUGEMONT

  • ROWLAND

  • ROXBORO

  • ROXOBEL

  • RUFFIN

  • RURAL HALL

  • RUTHERFORD COLLEGE

  • RUTHERFORDTON

  • SAINT PAULS

  • SALEMBURG

  • SALISBURY

  • SALTER PATH

  • SALUDA

  • SALVO

  • SANDY RIDGE

  • SANFORD

  • SAPPHIRE

  • SARATOGA

  • SAXAPAHAW

  • SCALY MOUNTAIN

  • SCOTLAND NECK

  • SCOTTS

  • SCOTTVILLE

  • SCRANTON

  • SEABOARD

  • SEAGROVE

  • SEALEVEL

  • SEDALIA

  • SELMA

  • SEMORA

  • SEVEN SPRINGS

  • SEVERN

  • SHALLOTTE

  • SHANNON

  • SHARPSBURG

  • SHAWBORO

  • SHELBY

  • SHERRILLS FORD

  • SHILOH

  • SILER CITY

  • SILOAM

  • SIMPSON

  • SIMS

  • SKYLAND

  • SMITHFIELD

  • SMYRNA

  • SNEADS FERRY

  • SNOW CAMP

  • SNOW HILL

  • SOPHIA

  • SOUTH MILLS

  • SOUTHERN PINES

  • SOUTHMONT

  • SOUTHPORT

  • SPARTA

  • SPEED

  • SPENCER

  • SPINDALE

  • SPRING HOPE

  • SPRING LAKE

  • SPRUCE PINE

  • STACY

  • STALEY

  • STANFIELD

  • STANLEY

  • STANTONSBURG

  • STAR

  • STATE ROAD

  • STATESVILLE

  • STEDMAN

  • STELLA

  • STEM

  • STOKES

  • STOKESDALE

  • STONEVILLE

  • STONEWALL

  • STONY POINT

  • STOVALL

  • STUMPY POINT

  • SUGAR GROVE

  • SUMMERFIELD

  • SUNBURY

  • SUNSET BEACH

  • SUPPLY

  • SWANNANOA

  • SWANQUARTER

  • SWANSBORO

  • SWEPSONVILLE

  • SYLVA

  • TABOR CITY

  • TAR HEEL

  • TARAWA TERRACE

  • TARBORO

  • TAYLORSVILLE

  • TEACHEY

  • TERRELL

  • THOMASVILLE

  • THURMOND

  • TILLERY

  • TIMBERLAKE

  • TOAST

  • TOBACCOVILLE

  • TODD

  • TOPTON

  • TOWNSVILLE

  • TRAPHILL

  • TRENTON

  • TRINITY

  • TROUTMAN

  • TROY

  • TRYON

  • TUCKASEGEE

  • TURKEY

  • TURNERSBURG

  • TUXEDO

  • TYNER

  • UNION GROVE

  • UNION MILLS

  • VALDESE

  • VALE

  • VALLE CRUCIS

  • VANCEBORO

  • VANDEMERE

  • VASS

  • VAUGHAN

  • VILAS

  • WACO

  • WADE

  • WADESBORO

  • WAGRAM

  • WAKE FOREST

  • WALKERTOWN

  • WALLACE

  • WALLBURG

  • WALNUT COVE

  • WALSTONBURG

  • WANCHESE

  • WARNE

  • WARRENSVILLE

  • WARRENTON

  • WARSAW

  • WASHINGTON

  • WAVES

  • WAXHAW

  • WAYNESVILLE

  • WEAVERVILLE

  • WEBSTER

  • WELCOME

  • WELDON

  • WENDELL

  • WENTWORTH

  • WEST END

  • WEST JEFFERSON

  • WESTFIELD

  • WHITAKERS

  • WHITE OAK

  • WHITE PLAINS

  • WHITEVILLE

  • WHITSETT

  • WHITTIER

  • WILKESBORO

  • WILLARD

  • WILLIAMSTON

  • WILLISTON

  • WILLOW SPRING

  • WILMINGTON

  • WILSON

  • WILSONS MILLS

  • WINDSOR

  • WINFALL

  • WINGATE

  • WINNABOW

  • WINSTON SALEM

  • WINSTON-SALEM

  • WINTERVILLE

  • WINTON

  • WISE

  • WOODLAND

  • WOODLEAF

  • WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

  • YADKINVILLE

  • YANCEYVILLE

  • YOUNGSVILLE

  • ZEBULON

  • ZIONVILLE

  • ZIRCONIA
  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in North Carolina?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in North Carolina. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

    This package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in North Carolina?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in North Carolina. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

    Standard Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Premium Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ screened/ forwarded per your instruction, allowing you to decide whether to accept the call, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Find-Me / Follow-Me: Live efforts to forward your calls, allowing you to not miss that important call.

    Both Standard and Premium packages provide:

    • Off-hour automated reception with up to 7 extensions – Auto-attendant answering of calls in your company’s name with up to 3 dialing options for callers external client number(s). Unlimited Long Distance Continental U.S.
    • Custom greeting for Off-hours – Your company branding when your line is answered.
    • Flat Rate Monthly Call Bundles – You choose the amount of bundled calls monthly for your services and receive one-set price.
    • Local Number – Local Number that is uniquely yours while employing our services.
    • Voice-mail Message to Email – Receive Voice-mails to email and hear it as a .wav file, saving long-distance charges in lieu of calling in to check your messages.
    • Music on Hold – Callers hear music when on hold or while waiting to connect.
    • Text Message Notification to Cell Phone – Receive your messages taken live by receptionist and sent by text to your mobile phone.
    • Call Time Scheduler – Calls can be routed a certain way during business hours (9-5) and a different way after-hours.

    This Package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in North Carolina?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in North Carolina. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

    Categories:

    • Answering Services
    • Live Receptionist
    • Order Entry
    • Scheduling
    • Call Center
    • Help Desk

    24/7 Service Defined:

    • Absentee Reporting – Agents can answer your employee reporting line and document employee absences at a minimal cost of hiring full or part-time staff.
    • Ad Response – Agents can service and manage the responses to targeted advertising campaigns, website advertising, newspapers, radio, and direct mailings.
    • Answering Service – Experienced agents can answer your line 24/7; collect the information you require; and promptly forward it to you.
    • Directory Service – Provide your callers with the nearest location of your store, service center, or dealer.
    • Disaster Recovery Back-up – Prevent your phones from being unanswered during crisis by utilizing our answering service.
    • E-Mail Read & Response – Agents ca read and respond to your e-mail in a prompt and professional manner using your templates or scripted guidance.
    • Help Desk – Utilizing the information you provide, agents will answer your line and help the caller get the right information for their questions or concerns.
    • Insurance – Professional Agents will answer your line and collect the claims information you require.
    • Marketing Collateral Request Service – Professional agents will answer your line and record the name and address of the caller requesting your catalog, literature, or other information.
    • Medical Answering – Courteous Agents will provide answering for doctors, clinics, and hospitals. HIPAA compliant.
    • Order Entry – Professional agents can take orders for your products and services.
    • Overflow – Outsource your office phones to relieve overburdening your in-house resources.
    • Property Management Services – Agents can handle property inquiries and maintenance dispatching 24/7.
    • Scheduling – Agents will answer your line and schedule appointments and/or provide reminder follow-up calls. Agents can answer your line to schedule your seminar, class, conference, or event.

    These packages can be purchased by contact us through our website or calling 702.943.0315

    State of North Carolina

    North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 10th most populous of the 50 United States. North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State and the Old North State.
    North Carolina is composed of 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte. In the past five decades, North Carolina’s economy has undergone a transition from heavy reliance upon tobacco and furniture making to a more diversified economy with engineering, biotechnology, and finance sectors.
    North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet (2,037 m) at Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern US. The climate of the coastal plains is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.

    Geography

    North Carolina borders South Carolina on the south, Georgia on the southwest, Tennessee on the west, Virginia on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The United States Census Bureau classifies North Carolina as a southern state in the subcategory of being one of the South Atlantic States.
    North Carolina consists of three main geographic sections: the coastal plain, which occupies the eastern 45% of the state; the Piedmont region, which contains the middle 35%; and the Appalachian Mountains and foothills. The extreme eastern section of the state contains the Outer Banks, a string of sandy, narrow islands which form a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and two inland waterways or “sounds”: Albemarle Sound in the north and Pamlico Sound in the south. They are the two largest landlocked sounds in the United States. So many ships have been lost off Cape Hatteras that the area is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. More than 1,000 ships have sunk in these waters since records began in 1526. The most famous of these is the Queen Anne’s Revenge (flagship of Blackbeard) which went aground in Beaufort Inlet in 1718.
    Immediately inland, the coastal plain is relatively flat, with rich soil ideal for growing tobacco, soybeans, melons, and cotton. The coastal plain is North Carolina’s most rural section, with few large towns or cities. Agriculture remains an important industry.
    The coastal plain transitions to the Piedmont region along the “fall line”, a line which marks the elevation at which waterfalls first appear on streams and rivers. The Piedmont region of central North Carolina is the state’s most urbanized and densely populated section. It consists of gently rolling countryside frequently broken by hills or low mountain ridges. Small, isolated, and deeply eroded mountain ranges and peaks are located in the Piedmont, including the Sauratown Mountains, Pilot Mountain, the Uwharrie Mountains, Crowder’s Mountain, King’s Pinnacle, the Brushy Mountains, and the South Mountains. The Piedmont ranges from about 300-400 feet (90-120 m) elevation in the east to over 1,000 feet (300 m) in the west. Due to the rapid population growth in the Piedmont, a significant part of the rural area in this region is being transformed into suburbs with shopping centers, housing, and corporate offices. Agriculture is steadily declining in its importance. The major rivers of the Piedmont, such as the Yadkin and Catawba, tend to be fast-flowing, shallow, and narrow.
    The western section of the state is part of the Appalachian Mountain range. Among the subranges of the Appalachians located in the state are the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Balsam Mountains, and the Black Mountains. The Black Mountains are the highest in the Eastern United States, and culminate in Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m). It is the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Although agriculture still remains important, tourism has become a dominant industry in the mountains. Growing Christmas trees has recently been an important industry. Due to the higher altitude, the climate in the mountains often differs markedly from the rest of the state. Winter in western North Carolina typically features high snowfall and subfreezing temperatures more akin to those of a midwestern state than of a southern state.
    North Carolina has 17 major river basins. The basins west of the Blue Ridge Mountains flow to the Gulf of Mexico (via the Ohio and then the Mississippi River). All the others flow to the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 17 basins, 11 originate within the state of North Carolina, but only four are contained entirely within the state’s border – the Cape Fear, Neuse, White Oak and Tar-Pamlico.

    Climate

    The geographical divisions of North Carolina are useful when discussing the climate of the state.
    The climate of the coastal plain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, which keeps temperatures mild in winter and moderate in summer. The highest coastal, daytime temperature averages less than 89 °F (32 °C) during summer months. The coast has mild temperature in winter, with daytime temperature rarely dropping below 40 °F (4 °C). The average daytime temperature in the coastal plain is usually in the mid-60s in winter. Temperature in the coastal plain rarely drops below the freezing point at night. The coastal plain usually receives only one inch (2.5 cm) of snow or ice annually, and in some years, there may be no snow or ice at all.
    The Atlantic Ocean has less influence on the climate of the Piedmont region, which has hotter summers and colder winters than in the coast. Daytime highs in the Piedmont often average over 90 °F (32 °C) in the summer. While it is not common for the temperature to reach over 100 °F (38 °C) in the state, such temperature, if it occurs, is found in the lower areas of the Piedmont. The weaker influence of the Atlantic Ocean also means that temperatures in the Piedmont often fluctuate more widely than in the coast.
    In winter, the Piedmont is colder than the coast, with temperatures usually averaging in the 40s during the day and often dropping below the freezing point at night. The region averages from 3-5 inches (8-13 cm) of snowfall annually in the Charlotte area, to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) in the Raleigh-Durham area. The Piedmont is especially notorious for sleet and freezing rain. Freezing rain can be heavy enough to snarl traffic and break down trees and power lines. Annual precipitation and humidity are lower in the Piedmont than in the mountains or the coast, but even at its lowest, the precipitation is 40 in (102 cm) per year.
    The Appalachian Mountains are the coolest area of the state, with daytime temperatures averaging in the low 40s and upper 30s for highs in the winter and often falling into the teens (-9 °C) or lower on winter nights. Relatively cool summers have temperatures rarely rising above 80 °F (27 °C). Snowfall in the mountains is usually 14-30 in (36-51 cm) per year, but it is often greater in the higher elevations. For example, during the Blizzard of 1993 more than 60 inches (150 cm) of snow fell on Mount Mitchell over a period of three days. Additionally, Mount Mitchell has received snow in every month of the year.
    Severe weather occurs regularly in North Carolina. On average, a hurricane hits the state once a decade. Destructive hurricanes that have struck the state include Hurricane Fran, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Hazel, the strongest storm to make landfall in the state as a Category 4 in 1954. Hurricane Isabel stands out as the most damaging of the 21st century. Tropical storms arrive every 3 or 4 years. In addition, many hurricanes and tropical storms graze the state. In some years, several hurricanes or tropical storms can directly strike the state or brush across the coastal areas. Only Florida and Louisiana are hit by hurricanes more often. Although many people believe that hurricanes menace only coastal areas, the rare hurricane which moves inland quickly enough can cause severe damage. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo caused heavy damage in Charlotte and even as far inland as the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwestern part of the state. On average, North Carolina has 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year, with some storms becoming severe enough to produce hail, flash floods, and damaging winds.
    North Carolina averages fewer than 20 tornadoes per year. Many of these are produced by hurricanes or tropical storms along the coastal plain. Tornadoes from thunderstorms are a risk, especially in the eastern part of the state. The western Peidmont is often protected by the mountains breaking storms up as they try to cross over them. The storms will often reform farther east. Also a weather feature known as “cold air damming” occurs in the western part of the state. This can also weaken storms but can also lead to major ice events in winter.”
    In April 2011, one of the worst tornado outbreaks in North Carolina’s history occurred. 25 confirmed tornadoes touched down, mainly in the Eastern Piedmont, killing at least 24 people. Damages in the capital of Raleigh alone were over $115 million.

    History

    Spanish colonial forces were the first Europeans to make a permanent settlement in the area, when the Juan Pardo-led Expedition built Fort San Juan in 1567. This was sited at Joara, a Mississippian culture regional chiefdom in the western interior; present-day Morganton developed near there. The fort lasted only 18 months as the natives killed all but one of the 120 men Pardo had stationed at a total of six forts in the area.
    North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies, and was originally known as Province of Carolina, along with South Carolina. The northern and southern parts of the original Province separated in 1729. Originally settled by small farmers, sometimes having a few slaves, who were oriented toward subsistence agriculture, the colony lacked cities or towns. Pirates menaced the seacoast settlements, but by 1718 the pirates had been captured and executed. Growth was strong in the middle of the 18th century, as the economy attracted Scotch-Irish, Quaker, English and German immigrants. The colonists supported the American Revolution, as the Loyalists were weak.
    Several efforts to establish a seat of government failed until 1766, when New Bern, the largest town, was selected. Construction of Governor Tryon Palace began in 1767 and was completed in 1771. This new structure served as the governor’s residence and office, as well as a meeting place for the Upper House. When New Bern was threatened by enemy attacks during the American Revolution, the government took to the roads again, meeting in both coastal and inland towns of the state. The “palace” soon became neglected and in 1798 all but one wing burned to the ground. In 1788 Raleigh was chosen as the site of the new capital, as its central location protected it from attacks from the coast. Officially established in 1792 as both county seat and state capital, the city was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, sponsor of Roanoke, the “lost colony” on Roanoke Island.
    North Carolina made the smallest per-capita contribution to the war of any state, as only 7800 men joined the Continental Army under General George Washington; an additional 10,000 served in local militia units under such leaders as General Nathanael Greene. There was some military action, especially in 1780-81. Many Carolinian frontiersmen had moved west over the mountains into the Washington District (later known as Tennessee), but in 1789 the state was persuaded to relinquish its claim to the western lands, ceding them to the national government so that the Northwest Territory could be organized and managed nationally.
    After 1800, cotton and tobacco became important export crops. The eastern half of the state, especially the Tidewater, developed a slave society based on a plantation system and slave labor. Many free people of color migrated to the frontier along with their European-American neighbors, where the social system was looser. By 1810, nearly 3 percent of the free population was comprised of free people of color, who numbered slightly more than 10,000. The western areas were dominated by white families who operated small subsistence farms. In the early national period, the state became a center of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy with a strong Whig presence, especially in the West. The rights of free blacks were reduced in 1835 after Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831, and the legislature withdrew their right to vote.
    On May 20, 1861, North Carolina was the last of the Confederate states to declare secession from the Union, 13 days after the Tennessee legislature voted for secession. Some 125,000 North Carolinians saw military service; 20,000 were killed in battle, the most of any state in the confederacy, and 21,000 died of disease. The state government was reluctant to support the demands of the national government in Richmond, and the state was the scene of only small battles.
    With the end of the war in 1865, the Reconstruction Era began. The United States abolished slavery without compensation to the slaveholders, or reparations to the freedmen. A Republican Party coalition of black Freedmen, northern Carpetbaggers, and local Scalawags controlled state government for three years. The white conservative Democrats regained control of the state legislature in 1870, in part by Ku Klux Klan violence and physical intimidation at the polls to suppress black voting. Republicans were elected as governor until 1876, when the Red Shirts, a paramilitary organization allied with the Democratic Party that arose in 1875, helped suppress black voting.
    Democrats were elected to the legislature and governor’s office, but the Populists attracted voters displeased with them. A biracial, Populist-Republican Fusionist coalition gained the governor’s office in the 1896 election. The Democrats regained control of the legislature in 1896, and passed laws to impose Jim Crow and racial segregation of public facilities. Voters of North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district elected a total of four African-American US Congressmen through these years of the late nineteenth century. Political tensions were so high, that a small group of white Democrats in 1898 planned to take over the Wilmington government if their candidates were not elected. In the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, more than 1500 white men attacked the black newspaper and neighborhood, killed numerous men, and ran off the white Republican mayor and aldermen. They installed their own people, and elected Alfred M. Waddell as mayor, in the only coup d’etat in United States history.
    In 1899 the state legislature passed a new constitution with requirements for poll taxes and literacy tests for voter registration; it effectively disfranchised most blacks in the state. Exclusion from voting had wide effects: it meant that blacks could not qualify to serve on juries or in any local office. After a decade of white supremacy, many people forgot that North Carolina had thriving middle-class blacks. They essentially had no political voice in the state until after the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed to enforce their constitutional rights. It was not until 1992 that another African American was elected as a US Representative from North Carolina.
    As in the rest of the former Confederate states, North Carolina had become a one-party state dominated by the Democratic Party. Impoverished by the Civil War, the state continued with an economy based on tobacco, cotton and agriculture. Towns and cities remained few in the east. A major industrial base emerged in the late 19th century in the western counties of the Piedmont based on cotton mills established at the fall line. Railroads were built to connect the new industrializing cities. The state was the site of the first successful controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, by the Wright brothers, near Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903.
    North Carolina was hard hit by the Great Depression, but the New Deal’s farm programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt for cotton and tobacco significantly helped the farmers. After World War II, the state’s economy grew rapidly, highlighted by the growth of such cities as Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill form the Research Triangle, a major area of universities and advanced scientific and technical research. In the 1990s, Charlotte became a major regional and national banking center.
    By the 1970s, passage of federal civil rights legislation, and other social changes led to many residents changing their party affiliation. Conservative whites began to vote for Republican national candidates, and gradually for more Republicans on the local level. Since gaining federal support under Lyndon Johnson to enforce their constitutional rights as citizens, African Americans have affiliated with and consistently elected officials of the Democratic Party.

    Economy

    According to a recent Forbes article written in 2013 Employment in the “Old North State” has gained many different industry sectors. See the following article summary: science, technology, energy and math, or STEM, industries in the area surrounding North Carolina’s capital has grown 17.9 percent since 2001, placing Raleigh-Cary at No. 5 among the 51 largest metro areas in the country where technology is booming. In 2010 North Carolina’s total gross state product was $424.9 billion. In 2011 the civilian labor force was at around 4.5 million with employment near 4.1 million. The working population is employed across the major employment sectors. The economy of North Carolina covers 15 metropolitan areas. In 2010, North Carolina was chosen as the third best state for business by Forbes Magazine, and the second best state by Chief Executive Officer Magazine.