Moving to Charlotte | Learn About the City
Looking to move to Charlotte? Whether you are a young professional or retired, Charlotte has neighborhoods and amenities sought after by each end of the spectrum and everyone in between. With over 30,000 new residents moving to the Charlotte area annually, you aren’t alone in your quest for a lower cost of living, beautiful weather and great amenities. In fact, Forbes listed the Charlotte area as one of the countries fastest-growing cities in 2014.
So, why is everyone moving to Charlotte?
Charlotte has a great range of housing styles including swanky condominiums in Uptown, a newly renovated bungalow in the tree-lined Dilworth neighborhood, a waterfront home near Lake Norman or brand new construction in Ballantyne. Even those fresh out of college, starting their first job in the country’s second largest banking city, have affordable homes to choose from or a slew of apartment options with affordable rents.
The reasons to call Charlotte home vary depending on who you ask and it’s because the reasons are plentiful. Talk to a millennial outside of Epicenter, Uptown’s center for nightlife entertainment, and they will tell you about the vibrant culture that caters to their demographic. Some might even tell you it is the fact that they found a great-paying job in a city where you can actually get something for it. WalletHub, even named Charlotte the No. 1 city for high pay and low expenses in 2014.
On the other hand, maybe you’re more a parent of a millennial instead of a millennial yourself. Well, ask anyone from Charlotte in this demographic and they’ll spout off a variety of reasons why they call Charlotte home. Some may say it is the great weather; proclaiming how much they love having all four seasons. Many Charlotteans will reference the very moderate winters and, although hot for some in the summer, having the mountains just 2 hours away and the beach only 3 makes for some great weekend getaways. Other reasons for moving to Charlotte may include the fantastic healthcare courtesy of the Carolinas Medical Center with specialties in a wide range of medical conditions. The Carolinas Medical Center is part of the Carolinas HealthCare System and is the largest hospital in the region as well as one of five teaching hospitals in North Carolina.
Perhaps less tangible of a reason for calling Charlotte home is its southern charm, hospitality and growth as a premier “New South” city. Once America’s premier textile manufacturer to today, the second largest banking center of the United States, Charlotte features a rich and diverse history that has built the culture exhibited today. Even today Charlotte continues to grow and diversify into a city with great amenities, new industries and continued development. It is this evolving culture that not only has brought residents to Charlotte but has kept them coming and continuing to call Charlotte home.
What will I do in Charlotte?
Well, first we need to determine what context the question is being asked; work or play? Let’s start with work. According to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, “Charlotte is home to several of the nation’s 500 largest corporations as listed by Fortune magazine”. Although most notable as the second largest financial center in the country, Charlotte continues to define itself through a variety of industries including transportation and distribution, defense-related, biotech, aerospace and aviation, film production and motorsports organizations. According to finance site, NerdWallet.com, Charlotte was one of ten of the country’s most attractive cities for job seekers based on unemployment rate, jobs available, city growth and the affordability of the city.
Now for the other side of the question; what will you do for fun? This one is easy since Charlotte features some fantastic amenities for all ages with a variety of interests. If you’re a sports fan you’ll be free to enjoy any of Charlotte’s many professional and minor league teams as well as Charlotte’s many motorsports venues. Are the arts more your thing? Charlotte is home to a number of museums, performance and music venues including the Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Levine Museum of the New South, Knight Theatre, Belk Theatre, the NC Music Factory, Time Warner Cable arena to name just a few. Just looking for a night out on the town? Regardless of what neighborhood you’re in, you’re never far from great restaurants and bars featuring local food and drink including beer from any of Charlotte’s many breweries. And for those more outdoorsy-type, Charlotte has several options including Lake Norman for waterspouts, the U.S. National Whitewater Center for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking trails and zip-lines, Carowinds Amusement Park for outdoor family fun, and dozens of hiking trails throughout the Charlotte region.
So, no matter who you are or what context you ask the question, “What will I do in Charlotte?”, it is needless to say that there is plenty to do in and around the Queen City.
Where will I live?
Charlotte is made up of a diverse gathering of neighborhoods with their own features and appeal. Crown Town Living was created to showcase the people, amenities and culture of each of Charlotte’s neighborhoods and we invite you to explore the stories of each of these neighborhoods to learn more about the city in which you’ll soon call home.