Moving to Charlotte, NC

Thinking about moving to Charlotte?

Of course you are. This North Carolina city is growing fast for good reason. Its booming urban economy and ease of living have made it a hot spot for those in search of the big city perks without the hassles—and there are plenty of perks.

Tucked into North Carolina’s picturesque Piedmont region, Charlotte is just a quick drive from both the mountains and the beach. Not that you’d want to leave. The city is filled with distinct neighborhoods and spots that you’ll want to spend plenty of time exploring. From the historic South End where former factories house craft breweries and local markets to Plaza Midwood with its craftsman bungalows and creative restaurants, the city offers allure for anyone.

Our guide to its top neighborhoods will help you find your match, and our list of best realtors can lead you to your perfect home.

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Traffic

Sure, you’ll hear some occasional grumblings about the drive times on the south side of Charlotte where the I-285 loop can stall around rush hour. And yes, those who live to the north of town in the Lake Norman area often have delays on their way home to the ’burb’s. But overall, Charlotte commuters have it easy.

The city was ranked 43rd in the country for worst traffic last year by TomTom Traffic Index. Considering it’s the country’s 17th largest city, that stat isn’t too bad.

And there are plenty of alternatives to driving. Charlotte’s Lynx Light Rail line runs from south Charlotte into Uptown with an expansion to north of the city set to open in 2017.  An extensive bus system and streetcar, as well as almost 100 miles of bike lanes round out other options for those hoping to avoid car time.

Weather

If you enjoy four full seasons, then you’re going to love Charlotte. While summer can have some scorching days of Southern heat, and winter can get a bit icy and long by February’s end, the city’s weather is generally perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Typically, there is some snowfall over the winter. And in true Southern city fashion, Charlotte takes its snow days seriously. Because heavy snow is rare, roads will often remain covered for days at a time during storms. It thaws quickly in the spring though, when you’ll find patios and sidewalks filled with locals soaking in the warm weather and sun. But the city’s favorite season may be fall when its famed tree canopy can really shine with neighborhood streets seemingly lined in autumn reds and golds.

Summer average (June – Aug): 87 °F high, 67 °F low
Winter average (Dec – Feb): 53 °F high, 32 °F low

Economy

If you’re looking at the economy, Charlotte is looking good. The city is growing fast and consistently adding new—and skilled—jobs. Traditionally, Charlotte has been a banking center as it’s home to Bank of America’s headquarters and the east coast operations for Wells Fargo. But that is diversifying quickly.

Today, the city is home to more than 50 companies on the Inc. 5000 list and has become a top destination for corporations that are expanding to new markets. This, in addition to an innovative start up scene has created a growing culture of creative entrepreneurs.  

This growth is reflected across the city, but nowhere is it more noticeable than in the ongoing construction around Charlotte. From new housing developments in the surrounding neighborhoods to gleaming skyscrapers being built in the city’s center, the amount of cranes on Charlotte’s horizon make it obvious this city thriving.

Unemployment rate: 4.6 % (as of June 2016)

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Charlotte, NC Arts and Entertainment

Soul Gastrolounge

Soul Gastrolounge, Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

5Chuch

5Church, North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Midwood Smokehouse

Midwood Smokehouse, Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen

Rooster's Wood-fired Kitchen - Uptown, North College Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Barrington's

Barrington's Restaurant, Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Earl's Grocery

Earl's Grocery, Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Kindred

Kindred Restaurant, Davidson, NC, North Main Street, Davidson, NC, United States

Alexander Michael's

Alexander Michael's Restaurant & Tavern, West 9th Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

The Asbury

The Asbury, North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

littleSpoon

Little Spoon Eatery, Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Restaurants
Soul Gastrolounge
5Chuch
Midwood Smokehouse
Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen
Barrington's
Earl's Grocery
Kindred
Alexander Michael's
The Asbury
littleSpoon

Mint Museums Uptown

Mint Museum UPTOWN, South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Mint Museum Randolph

Mint Museum RANDOLPH, Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Studies

Harvey B Gantt Center, South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Levine Museum of the New South

Levine Museum of the New South, East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte Museum of History, Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC, United States

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum, 1st Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC, United States

ImaginOn

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Discovery Place

Discovery Place, North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall of Fame, East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, United States

Museums
Mint Museums Uptown
Mint Museum Randolph
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Studies
Levine Museum of the New South
Charlotte Museum of History
Carolinas Aviation Museum
ImaginOn
Discovery Place
NASCAR Hall of Fame

The Punch Room

The Punch Room, East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Whiskey Warehouse

Whiskey Warehouse, The Plaza, Charlotte, NC, United States

The Cellar

The Cellar At Duckworth's, North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Heist

Heist Brewery, North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

Label

Label Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States

EpiCentre

Epicentre, East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

All American Pub

All American Pub, East Bland Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

NC Music Factory

AvidXchange Music Factory, North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, United States

Jeff's Bucket Shop

Jeff's Bucket Shop, Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC, United States

Selwyn Pub

Selwyn Avenue Pub, Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Nightlife
The Punch Room
Whiskey Warehouse
The Cellar
Heist
Label
EpiCentre
All American Pub
NC Music Factory
Jeff's Bucket Shop
Selwyn Pub
Nightlife

Like the city itself, Charlotte’s nightlife is a mix of laidback and cosmopolitan. In its funkier neighborhoods like NoDa and South End relaxed craft breweries and cozy live music venues set the scene for easygoing nights out. But those in search of swanky rooftop cocktail bars and sleek nightclubs will find plenty of spots in Uptown to spend their evenings.

Charlotte’s nightlife can often be found in pockets. From the NC Music Factory complex with its various entertainment and dining venues to Montford Drive where popular bars line a street often filled until the wee hours of the morning, the city is brimming with fun clusters of after-dark options.

Food

Loosen your belt. Charlotte’s food scene is growing fast and you’ll want to get a taste. The city’s Southern location means that if you’re in the mood for soul food or Carolina pork barbecue, there’s plenty to satisfy your cravings. But Charlotte is a city filled with transplants and no place is that diversity more obvious than on its tables.

Chic and upscale urban restaurants offer farm-to-fork fare from top chefs, while areas like Central Avenue feature tasty ethnic cuisine from cultures around the world. Spend an evening at one of the Friday night food truck gatherings around town for some of the city’s more casual flavor or visit one of the many weekend markets to meet the local farmers behind your food.

Sports

This city is serious about its Panthers. Whether you’re an NFL fan or not, it’s impossible not to get caught up in Cam Newton fever during football season. Charlotte is also home to the Hornets basketball team, the Knights baseball team, Checkers hockey team, Hounds lacrosse team, and Independence soccer team.

Need more action? Charlotte plays host to many large sporting events throughout the year including NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 and the annual Wells Fargo Golf Championship.

Events

Get out your calendars. For those who enjoy festivals, concert series, and the arts, Charlotte weekends are set to fill up your social schedule. Sure, there are some slower times of year in the colder months, but once the weather warms, there’s no shortage of things to do around town.

Summer brings symphony concerts in SouthPark, weekend outdoor festivals at the US National Whitewater Center, and the annual Speed Street in Uptown among others. And fall is packed with neighborhood events like the annual Yiasou Greek Festival, Festival in the Park at Freedom Park, and seemingly countless local beer fests.

Culture

It’s hard to find a native in this city filled with newcomers. Charlotte calls itself a New South city. Sure, it’s got the friendly hospitality, decadent fare, and wide front porches that come with the geography. But Charlotte is a city that has embraced new cultures.

Restaurants, music venues, and festivals reveal a city that draws fresh inspiration from around the world. No matter what your own background or interests, this melting pot likely has something to suit.  

A few other fun facts about Charlotte:

  • 6.9 million people live within a 100-mile radius of Charlotte
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the nation’s 10 busiest airports with a total of 44.9 million passengers in 2015.
  • Charlotte has more than 17,600 acres of parkland.
  • World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham is a Charlotte native. His association moved its headquarters to Charlotte in 2001.
  • According to local historians, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed on May 20, 1775, with Mecklenburg County declaring its independence from British rule a year before America did so.

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