Charlotte, North Carolina is a major hub of commerce and culture. It is the most populous city in the state, and close to 900,000 people call it home. Charlotte is the home of the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Carolina Panthers, as well as business headquarters, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo. While Charlotte is an expensive place in which to buy and rent within North Carolina, its cost of living is lower than East Coast cities such as Boston and New York. If you want to live in a metro area with touches of Southern charm, Charlotte is perfect.
The Charlotte Area Transit System offers a one-way bus fare of just over $2, but, if you intend on taking the bus frequently, a monthly pass will set you back $88. Light rail and streetcar systems are also in place, making it easy to hop on and get going. That being said, Charlotte and the surrounding areas are best experienced with a mix of driving and taking public transport.
Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate with cool and mild winters and springs and humid to hot summers. Many days bring rain. Rain gear, light pants, dresses and shorts are needed to be set here. Even so, the weather is ideal for getting outside and enjoying the sunshine.
There are distinct neighborhoods in Charlotte. South End is packed with young professionals, who love to take pictures by the murals and eat at restaurants while sipping a microbrew. Uptown is the center of business, where modern inventions meet Southern traditions. Mint Hill has a homey, down-to-earth feel, with food truck events and farmers’ markets. Plaza Midwood offers a quirky, inclusive vibe, with vintage stores, small businesses and historic houses dotting every corner. Wesley Heights is historic, with new businesses popping up all the time. Noda is a hipster haven of galleries and coffee stops. And that is just the start. Each area of the city offers plenty to explore. Go on a historic or brew tour. Take in the nightlife. Take on the whitewaters on a raft. Snap pictures of the sculptures at the Bechler Museum of Art. See a Broadway show at Blumenthal Performing Arts. The city is ready for you to explore.
Moving to Charlotte means plenty of Southern hospitality, friendly neighbors and the thrill of being at the center of major developments in the Tar Heel State. With so many neighborhoods and things to see, the options for things to do are endless, so you will never run out of things to do. Shop, eat, cheer at a sporting event or just relax — whatever you want. Get ready to get a Carolina state of mind!