Charlotte, North Carolina

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What's it like to live in Charlotte?

What is good about living in Charlotte?

Fair disclaimer: I am from here (as is my husband) so our families are here, I have lived in different places but made my way back to Charlotte.

Things I like about Charlotte: It still has a small town feel but with way more to do. It's growing, fast, so thanks to that there's always something new to check out. There are too many weekend getaway destinations to even list. We get most major tours, our local symphony is fantastic. Traffic isn't that bad compared to many places. The climate is mild. Cost of living is rising, but is affordable. We own a home, utilities are inexpensive, taxes aren't bad.

What I always tell people is Charlotte is a great place to live, but not a great place to visit. It's not a destination. But Charlotte was great for me in my 20's, and is also great for me in my 30's. Depending on where you live, your lifestyle can be completely different.

What is good about living in Charlotte?

Fair disclaimer: I am from here (as is my husband) so our families are here, I have lived in different places but made my way back to Charlotte.

Things I like about Charlotte: It still has a small town feel but with way more to do. It's growing, fast, so thanks to that there's always something new to check out. There are too many weekend getaway destinations to even list. We get most major tours, our local symphony is fantastic. Traffic isn't that bad compared to many places. The climate is mild. Cost of living is rising, but is affordable. We own a home, utilities are inexpensive, taxes aren't bad.

What I always tell people is Charlotte is a great place to live, but not a great place to visit. It's not a destination. But Charlotte was great for me in my 20's, and is also great for me in my 30's. Depending on where you live, your lifestyle can be completely different.

What is it like to live in Charlotte, NC?

Living in Charlotte offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Charlotte there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Charlotte and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Charlotte are above average. Charlotte, NC combines all the characteristics that we all look for to live, excellent education, large job market and good salaries, low taxes, affordable housing, nice climate and it is also a beautiful city with many places for enjoyment, which is why it's understandable that each day more and more people are moving …

What is it like to live in Charlotte, North Carolina?

Overall, Charlotte is a pretty city in the middle of the state where great beaches are less than four hours to the east, and the Blue Ridge mountains are to the west about two hours away from the west side of town. You’re three hours from Raleigh/Durham and some of the world’s best hospitals: Duke and Chapel Hill.

Charlotte also has many excellent restaurants, pro-sports (football, basketball, and hockey). And NASCAR is king in Charlotte, so be prepared. Charlotte Motor Speedway is in Concord (north of Charlotte), but NASCAR affects Charlotte when the races begin. Time your travel around it.

Traffic - lots of traffic. You will need to drive everywhere unless you live close to work and restaurants, as in downtown. I mean Uptown—that's what they call it. Charlotte is like a HUGE suburb with a hub. It spreads out. Living in Charlotte is okay if you live near downtown near restaurants, theater, and entertainment. Otherwise, you commute in. Trust me, that you’ll get stuck in traffic: I-77 is horrendous going North toward Concord areas.

If you have money to live in the ‘cool’ areas (NoDa, for example), it’s fine. Myers Park is nice but very pricey. Who wants to live in Ballantyne? Rich folks, and it’s far from everything except Matthews and Mint Hill, but it'll put you an hour closer to the beach. Like large city, there are areas of poverty and high crime, so be aware. Keep your car and house locked.

Pros and Cons of Living in Charlotte NC