Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Derek Dawson from Dawson Property Management, Inc. about reasons to move to Charlotte, North Carolina.
A major city and commercial hub in North Carolina, the charms of Charlotte, NC are plentiful. The city offers its residents an awesome social scene, gorgeous parks, outdoor venues, great school systems and much more.
The Charlotte region of North Carolina hosts 850 foreign companies and eight Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. It is also the third fastest-growing major city in the United States.
Intrigued? Here are 12 reasons to move to Charlotte:
1. Charlotte has great outdoor activities.
Multiple greenway biking paths in Charlotte have something for every cyclist’s level. The U.S. National Whitewater Center has the best single-track mountain biking in the region. Besides biking, you can also try zip lining, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and more.
You can enjoy great outdoor activities at the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
2. It’s never dull in Charlotte.
Sports enthusiasts will certainly love it here. The city is home to the Charlotte Checkers, the Charlotte Knights, the Charlotte Hornets and the Carolina Panthers.
The Queen City also regularly hosts large sporting events annually. These include the Wells Fargo Golf Tournament, the NBA All-Star Game, the Belk Bowl Game and the PGA Golf Championship.
3. Charlotte has a great quality of life.
You are sure to live comfortably and enjoy all the amenities of the city right at your fingertips. The cost of living is just below the national average, and the housing cost is four percent below the national average.
4. The job market is exciting.
Charlotte is becoming a young and enterprising city. It is the home to exciting and fast-growing startups like Boxman Studios and Cloud Castle Group. Bank of America and Wells Fargo also have strong roots in the local economy. The city ranks fourteenth on Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers.
5. Its economy is bustling.
From 2010-2013, an impressive 150,000 people moved to Charlotte to call the Queen City their new home, making it the second fastest-growing large U.S. city. It was ranked ninth among the nation’s metropolitan areas for predicted growth for 2014-2015.
6. Experience big city living, mixed with a little Southern charm.
If you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood or park to spend your time, you have plenty of options. If you’re craving the hustle and bustle of the city, you can get your fix with a day in Uptown.
The people are friendly, the weather is envious and the food is fried. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll more than likely find it in Queen’s City.
7. It has fantastic schools.
Charlotte has fantastic schools, from elementary through university. The city boasts an 85% high school graduation rate, which is an impressive four percent higher than the national average. Parents have plenty of public, private or religious schools to choose from.
When it comes to college education, the Queen City couldn’t be a better location. There are plenty of top-tier options such as Queens University, Appalachian State University, UNC Charlotte, Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Duke University, Wake Forest and more.
8. The music scene is epic.
Whether you enjoy big concerts at amphitheaters or small standing-room only venues, Charlotte has it all. Venues include Charlotte Uptown Amphitheatre, the Evening Muse, the Fillmore and the PNC Music Pavilion.
9. The Queen City is a foodie haven.
Foodies will love it here! There are countless award-winning restaurants to choose from. Check out these favorites: Bistro La Bon, 300 East, Basil, Carpe Diem, Upstream and Barrington’s.
This article was provided by Derek Dawson. Derek is a resident of Charlotte, NC and currently operates Dawson Property Management, Inc.