Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 10 CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG Charlotte/Mecklenburg BY LYNNE BRANDON Charlotte, also known as the "Queen City," is the crown city of North Carolina for a reason. Here the state's largest city does everything big and bold — from local flavored restaurants, national franchise sport teams, culture, and nightlife at every turn. Residents live in colorful neighborhoods that are mini-cities with every needed amenity. To experience everything that Charlotte offers would take days. There's a lot to see in the third fastest growing big city in the country in 2017, followed by Seattle and Fort Worth. The mega-city is also the 17th largest city in the U.S. with nearly 860,000 in population (July 2017). Working and doing business in Charlotte is high on everyone's list with accolades in every category. Technical and financial careers lead the way in Charlotte. Rankings include "Number One Top Tech Momentum Market" by CBRE Group, "Number 8 Best Big City for Jobs" by Forbes and more. All ages want to live in the city ranked "Number 8 City Where Millennials are Moving" by SmartAsset, and "Number 8 City Where Retirees are Moving," by MayFlower. Charlotte's population is educated with 45 percent holding a bachelor's degree or higher. Six Fortune 500 companies call Charlotte home. The city is the third largest banking center in the U.S. by total assets ($2.5 trillion) as well as an emerging FinTech hub (AvidXChange is valued over $1Billion). Wells Fargo's east coast operation and Bank of America's headquarters are in Charlotte. Getting around is now easier thanks to Lynx Blue Line rail system. It's not just used by college kids at UNC-Charlotte but many working professionals ride the inexpensive rail. In March, Charlotte opened the second piece of the Lynx Blue Line – a 9.3-mile segment from Uptown (Charlotte's downtown) to UNC-Charlotte that gives the city a total of 20 miles of rail. For a trip out of the city, fly out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport is the fifth busiest international airport with more than 700 daily nonstop flights to 150-plus destinations. After a trip, returning to the Queen City and its lifestyle are always a reason to celebrate. Here are some of the reasons to fly, drive or catch a train heading to the Queen City. Charlotte might be the Queen City but its food is King. Lowbrow, highbrow, diners, café's, neighborhood joints and more make this a culinary city worth checking out. From bakeries, doughnut shops, burger joints, barbecue, soul food to fine dining, Charlotte has every kind of food experience imaginable. Guy Fieri on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," has a thing for Charlotte eateries, featuring nearly 20 restaurants and a brewery on the popular show. Fieri has made sausages at JJ's Red Hots, sampled soul food at Mert's, noshed on a pimento cheese-and fried pickle- topped burger at Bang Bang Burger, relished a Super Boy double-patty at South 21 Drive-in, and more. Great food is found throughout the city, tucked into friendly neighborhoods and chock-a-block in the main center city. For New American cuisine check out The Cellar at Duckworth's in Uptown, the Cajun Queen and Carpe Diem in Elizabeth, Haberdish in NoDa, Mert's Heart and Soul in Uptown (soul food and low country dishes with a smile) and so, many more. Open Table diners voted The King's Kitchen and Dogwood Southern Table Bar as two of the "50 Best Southern Restaurants" in the country Upscale breweries, pubs and dive bars serve up electic local brews in 20 plus breweries as well as national brands.>> city of mini-cities CHARLOTTE STATS POPULATION 888,000 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $210,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,445 COST OF LIVING 106.7 / US 100

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