While many people know that Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, they may not be aware of the many attributes of this southern city and the myriad of reasons to call it home. Here are the top ten reasons to move to Charlotte, from natural wonders to good climate and a lower cost of living.
Thriving job market
Perhaps one of the most important aspects when relocating to a new city and/or state is the job market. Can you reasonably expect to find viable work to be worth the while and rather quickly? Is there opportunity to grow career-wise beyond where you already are where you currently live? Charlotte Works, a local entity, compiled a comprehensive report of its findings to address questions like these. According to the report, administrative, architecture and computer science positions are most in demand.
Strong school system
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district serves more than 146,000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade in 170 schools. The school district has several top-rated schools, such as Bain and Beverly Woods Elementary, Statesville Middle and Piedmont High, among many others, making it a great choice for families relocating with children.
Low cost of living
The cost of living in Charlotte is 5 percent lower than the national average, per PayScale. Movoto did a roundup on the cheapest suburbs of Charlotte to live, and it includes areas such as Cramerton, Fort Mill and Indian Trail.
The great outdoors
For those wanting to stop and breathe in fresh outdoors air, there are plenty of places in close proximity to Charlotte. No more than two hours or so away, there's Smoky Mountains and Cherokee, High Country, Asheville and the Foothills. Each has its own wealth of activities: hiking, sweeping mountain views, waterfalls.
Up-and-coming arts scene
Two miles away from the renowned Uptown area of North Charlotte, the area dubbed NoDais the epicenter of a thriving arts scene and tight-knit artists community. Art crawls are held throughout the area on the first and third Friday of the month. One lesser known secret is the underground arts scene, providing a vibrant artistic touch with murals and street art.
Top eateries and breweries
Piggybacking off the thriving arts scene in Charlotte, there are notable restaurants and several breweries in the Charlotte metro area. NoDa Brewing Company along with Heist Brewery and Birdsong Brewing Co. are just a few of the many breweries in the area.
Charlotte's central location makes it a great choice for a home base for easy travel and access to other southeastern cities. Within five hours, a road trip from Charlotte could take you from Georgia to South Carolina, Virginia or even Tennessee.
With mild temperatures year-round, little rain in April and slight snowfall in the winter, Charlotte's weather is neither too hot or too cold but a comfortable in-between.
Sports, sports, sports
Whether it's the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets or the plethora of college sports teams in proximity, if you're a sports lover you'll never suffer for lack of games to attend or teams to root for.
There is nowhere else in the world just like Charlotte. It is a mega Southern city with its own distinct flair. It's a city with its own rich history and story. And it's a city you can choose to make and call your home.
Cox Media Group