Charlotte

809,958 (city), 2,380,314 (metro)

Eastern

Humid subtropical (four distinct seasons with ample precipitation)

Inside Tips About Charlotte

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During the Revolutionary War, British commander General Charles Cornwallis occupied the city of Charlotte. Since the Continental Army was unavailable at the moment, angry residents of Charlotte decided to do something about it themselves—and drove out the Brits. Cornwallis later referred to the city as a hornet’s nest of rebellion. And a legendary nickname was born. More recently, Forbes named Charlotte among its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. And indeed, it is the second largest banking center in the U.S. after New York. All those banks leads to a whole lot of money floating around the city. Which means lot of arts and culture. Including 18 museums and 16 theatre companies. (But no zoo—the largest metropolitan area in the country without one.) Charlotte has repeatedly ranked at or near the top of the COMBOS Manliest Cities ratings.

Neighborhoods

Living In and Around Charlotte

If the idea living in a downtown urban center appeals to you, you want Uptown Charlotte. The nightlife here is on the upswing. And more recently, Uptown is become the place to own a luxury condo. The Fourth Ward, the northwest quadrant of Uptown, was a prosperous neighborhood that declined in the mid-20th century, has undergone a restoration and is now thriving. This neighborhood truly is a southern classic, with tree lined streets, old homes, and courtyard gardens. NoDa, as the North Davidson neighborhood is called, is home to Charlotte’s Historic Arts District and the eclectic amenities you’d expect: art galleries, live music and local restaurants. Nearby Plaza Midwood is also emerging, and features some of the more noted local eateries.

One of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods is Myers Park, and is an exercise in affluence. You’re going to find some of Charlotte’s most expensive homes here. Dilworth is Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, and is a touch more approachable. It’s known as a stately neighborhood with tree-lined streets and offers quick access to Uptown. SouthPark is a mix of older homes, established trees and sidewalks, new estates, and mixed-use shopping and residential centers working to lure young professionals away from Uptown. Some of Charlotte’s best dining and shopping is found here.

South Charlotte generally means anything south of Uptown. There’s a lot of growth here, new construction, shopping centers and schools popping up. The town of Matthews is a former cotton farming community that has grown up about 10 miles from Uptown, retaining much of the charm of a small rural community. Housing here spans a broad range, with home ranging from 1K to 1 million. An equally broad range of housing options are available in Davidson, a town inextricably linked to the noted Davidson College. This is a close community with a walkable Main Street and good schools.

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