Moving to Charlotte?

It’s hard to imagine that a city of almost 2 million people can still feel small. For those who prefer the big city feel, a condo or flat Uptown will do the trick. If you prefer a smaller, family-friendly neighborhood where everyone knows each other, venture south a bit. Regardless of what you are looking for, there is something for everyone in Charlotte.

Below we list a plethora of Charlotte attractions and positive traits of the city. When people think of Charlotte, many people immediately think of banking. Well, at least they did before the economy started to decline. The truth is, yes, Charlotte is a big banking center- 2nd to New York City- however; despite what many people think, banking is not the industry responsible for the greatest number of jobs in Mecklenburg County. In fact, it’s not even the 3rd, 4th, or 5th. Believe it or not, Manufacturing accounts for the largest number of jobs in Charlotte- 135,000 of them! Second is retail trade, third is healthcare, fourth is accommodation and food services, and banking comes in at seven.

My interest in the city of Charlotte extends far beyond my career. I love Charlotte for many reasons- its rich history, location, climate, etc. We are just 2 hours from the mountains, 3 hours from the beach, and a short plane ride to almost anywhere else in the country. Charlotte is a world-class city with so much to offer.

Here are a few reasons why it’s good to live and work here:

  • Low cost of labor (because of low union membership)
  • Cost of living is below the national average
  • High productivity
  • #1 most educated workforce
  • Foreign trade zones (can import and export duty-free goods)

Excellent transportation: International airport with direct flights, major highways for transporting goods, close to 2 major ports (Charleston and Wilmington), the center of the country’s largest railroad system, public transportation (buses, light rail, new future streetcar system)

Schools

  • High test scores
  • Many diverse programs
  • Magnet programs for learning different languages

Higher Education(over 35 colleges and universities in and around Mecklenburg County including Queens College, Central Piedmont Community College, UNCC, Johnson & Wales, Johnson C. Smith University, Belmont, Davidson, Winthrop, Wingate, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, Elon, NC State, and more)

Government

Taxes- inexpensive compared to other all other metropolitan areas of our size, more expensive compared to smaller cities but the services are higher

We are progressive and diverse (government positions)

Diversity

  • over 850 internationally owned businesses here
  • Huge Korean population
  • #1 largest population relocating here: Hispanics

Sports

  • NFL, NBA, NASCAR, PGA, NHL/AHL Affiliates, AAA Baseball, and more

Outdoor Recreation

  • Tons of activities on Lake Wylie, Lake Norman, and Mountain Island Lake
  • Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing
  • 36 public and private golf courses
  • 17,600 acres of parks & 33 miles of greenways

Arts

  • Symphony, museums, opera, concerts

Got Kids?

Entertaining kids in Charlotte has never been so easy and fun! Charlotte has lots to offer families with children. Below are a few places that may be of interest:

Discovery Place

  • Located in Uptown Charlotte
  • Fun, hands-on educational exhibits
  • Learn about Science, Technology, and Nature
  • 3-D Movies and shows

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

  • Located in Uptown Charlotte
  • Professional theatre for ages 3-18
  • Fun and educational
  • Tons of different shows and programs from pre-school age to young adults

Charlotte Nature Museum

  • Located on Sterling Road in Myers Park
  • Learn about nature through various shows, exhibits and events
  • Focuses on kids ages 3-7

Levine Museum of the New South

  • Located in Uptown Charlotte
  • Interactive educational museum with information from the Civil War to present
  • Youth and adult tours