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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The year 2012 belonged to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte--at least according to the world's largest search engine.

The term DNC Charlotte 2012 was the most-searched topic by Charlotteans this year, according to Google's data given to The city hosted President Barack Obama and the much-anticipated convention in early September.

(Click here to see the entire top 10)

The results and data are from anonymous searches made within the Charlotte area this calendar year tracked through computer IPaddresses.

NBC Charlotte news partner The Charlotte Observer was the Queen City's most searched term in 2011 and came in at number six on the top 10 this year. It was the only term from 2011 that reappeared on the 2012 list.

UNC Charlotte, which came in at number two, made headlines throughout 2012 for topics such as gender neutral housing, football, an online security breach, crime and more.

The Olympics and election results were third and fourth on the list. Popular transportation service Megabus comes in at number five. (A Charlotte-bound Megabus caught fire on August 8 at the Georgia-South Carolina state line on Interstate 85.)

Here are the top 10 most-searched topics in Charlotte:

1. DNC Charlotte 2012
2. UNC Charlotte
3. Olympics 2012
4. Election Results
5. Megabus
6. Charlotte Observer
7. Charlotte Craigslist
8. NCAA Basketball Scores
9. Charlotte Metro Credit Union
10. Mega Millions

The Google data comes as part of the company's 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist showcasing what caught people's attention in 2012. The full site has 838 top 10 lists spanning 55 countries.

Fig Tree was the most-searched Charlotte restaurant in 2012, according to Google, which based the data on the online restaurant review site Zagat. 131 Main, Aria, Customshop and Rooster's rounded out the top five.

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