Every year, more people move to Charlotte, NC. As of 2018, about 60 people per day move to Charlotte, according to The Charlotte Observer and the City Planning Commission. This year, the number is expected to grow even more as folks abandon larger cities for smaller cities. We can’t wait to see who will join our ranks as newly minted Charlotteans. It’s easy to see the appeal of The Queen City, especially if you already live here. Charlotte offers a relatively low cost of living, solid professional opportunities, professional sports teams, and four true seasons. If you’re not yet familiar with the area, the saying is true: Charlotte’s got a lot!

Charlotte is nicknamed the Queen City; the city and county are named for Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Despite its royal namesake, the city of Charlotte declared its own independence from the British monarchy and government in 1775, more than a year before the rest of the colonies. The city still celebrates every year on May 20th. Over its long history, Charlotte has been home to cotton mills, a gold rush, a railroad hub, big banks, and NASCAR. Each industry has made an impact on the growth of the city and its residents as the city has grown and changed to adapt to new businesses and residents.

Today, Charlotte has many diverse neighborhoods in both the city and suburbs. The city has something for nearly everyone. Uptown, the city center, is bordered by I-77 on the West and broken into four different Wards. Within the four wards that make up Uptown Charlotte, there are high-rise apartment and condo buildings and many corporate office buildings for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke, and the other businesses that call Charlotte home.

Charlotte has many great benefits, including the unique appeal of each individual neighborhood. Within just a few miles of the commercial city center, the residential neighborhoods of Dilworth, Elizabeth, Plaza Midwood, and NoDa (named for North Davidson, the street that runs away from the city into the neighborhood) all offer close proximity to Charlotte’s business district and each neighborhood has a completely different price tag, atmosphere, and appeal. Charlotte has about 25 different neighborhoods within the city limits, each with its own benefits. Many neighborhoods have their own green spaces and parks. Local residents walk their dogs, run, and play ball in Freedom Park or Park Road Park on weekends. Beyond the city limits, Charlotte also offers fantastic suburbs. Like the city neighborhoods, the suburbs have great benefits and unique features that work for many families.

Talk to your Realtor about what you’re hoping to find in Charlotte, your next house, and your new neighborhood. She can help you decide which of Charlotte’s neighborhoods is the best fit for you and your family.