Charlotte has long been known as a major banking and financial center, but has recently developed a large tech presence as well.
$34,957 Charlotte millennials’ median annual earnings 
3.7% Charlotte’s job growth in 2016; the 4th fastest growth of any U.S. city 
62% Job growth at Charlotte-area tech companies over the last ten years 
26.1 million Square feet of office space in Charlotte’s center city area 
Though Charlotte has been known for affordability, rents in popular Uptown and South End neighborhoods have been on an upward trend.
11,974 Apartments under construction in the Charlotte area (with 13,938 more planned) 
45% Increase in homeownership amongst 18- to 34-year-olds over the last ten years 
$1,729 Average monthly rent in Uptown Charlotte 
15 Stops on the Light Rail, connecting the South End neighborhood to Uptown 
Each area of Charlotte has its own attractions: Pro sports, restaurants, and shopping are all within reach. Outside of the city, nature is the true draw, with lakes, mountains, and beaches only a short drive away.
75,525 Seats in the Carolina Panthers’ stadium, located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte 
$11 Price for a “Pig Plate” at Sauceman’s, home of BBQ Pitmasters–winning ’cue 
1.5 miles Length of the “superspeedway” at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of 3 major annual NASCAR races 
9,000 Gallons of water moved per second by the pumps at Charlotte-based U.S. National Whitewater Center 
Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Charlotte, as told by locals.
Front End Developer at Red Ventures
Time spent in Charlotte
Right before I graduated with my masters’ degree I began job hunting and knew that I wanted to be in a bigger city. At the time, I was living in Morrisville, NC, which is in the Raleigh-Durham area. I had been there since high school and really wanted a change. When the opportunity to work in Charlotte arose, I took it. I wasn’t super familiar with the area, but I had one or two friends who had been living here and loved it. It seemed like a good compromise of a bigger city without being too far away from my family.
Best neighborhoods, IMO
I absolutely love NoDa and Plaza Midwood. The crowd or “vibe” in both neighborhoods is a bit more artsy. There’s a ton of cool places like arcades, a 24-hour French bakery, and restaurants that do a hip hop night every Monday and you can watch b-boys show off their skills.
The job market
Charlotte is obviously a banking center, so there are a ton of banking jobs in the area. What may surprise some people is that there are quite a few growing tech startups in the area, and they’re definitely trying to recruit new talent pretty consistently. The job market is definitely pretty good!
Surprises about Charlotte
It’s big, yet small at the same time! In terms of size, the city and surrounding areas of Charlotte are pretty huge, and during rush hour if you have to get from one side of the city to the other you should probably plan to leave an hour before your planned arrival time depending on where you’re going. The positive about it being so big is that there’s a neighborhood or side of town that’ll fit most people’s tastes/interests. And although the city is huge, if you get plugged into a particular community or “scene” here, you’ll find that everyone knows each other or knows a friend of a friend of a friend.
Co-Founder and optometrist at Northlake Eye; Founder and CEO of health and wellness website IntroWellness.com
Time spent in Charlotte
During professional school, I spent a lot of time researching places to live. Fortunately, North Carolina had a reputation for being a great place to practice optometry, and I loved the growing young professional presence Charlotte offered. Also, I loved knowing I had easy access to the mountains and the beach.
How is the housing market?
Booming! My friends in the construction and real estate world say things have never been hotter! When a single-family home hits the market, if it even makes it that far, someone has usually made an offer on it in a couple of days. Also, it seems like there’s a new apartment complex going up every week.
Favorite after-work spots?
I like Ink N Ivy. It has good food, and is located right next to Romare Bearden park, which is a new and growing area in Uptown Charlotte. Fahrenheit or City Lights are great if you’re looking to dine with a view.
Best weekend getaways
For a foodie, exploring the Charleston food scene is a must. For an adventure seeker, hiking the Appalachian Mountains on the west side of the state. For a golfer, checking out Pinehurst for a couple rounds of golf is ideal. And for beach bums, spending a weekend at any of the North Carolina beaches is a blast!
You’re not a local if…
…you refer to Uptown as Downtown.