North Carolina is one of the 50 states of the United States. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh and the biggest city in the state is Charlotte. North Carolina is split into 100 counties and these counties have many cities and towns. North Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies and was where the first English colony in America lived. As of July 1, 2014, there are about 10.146.788 people living in the state. In 2018, North Carolina was ranked number one on Forbes Best States for Business ranking for a second year in a row.