Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 30 FORT MILL/ROCK HILL Welcome to the fastest-growing city in the na- tion: Fort Mill, South Carolina. Just below the North Carolina border, many attribute Fort Mill's growth to nearby Charlotte, which is less than 20 miles north of the booming small town. In 2016-17 alone, Fort Mill ex- perienced a 15.4 percent population increase; between 2010 and 2017, the numbers nearly doubled. Today, this 17,500 — and growing! — person town is slowly gaining notice as a place to establish corporate headquarters. LPL Financial and Lash Group, two of the city's largest employers, keep their home base in Fort Mill, and in May 2018, Mortgage Servicing Corp. announced it would be moving its headquarters there as well. Other major local employers include Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ross Stores. To cater to the town's predicted expansion, two decades of planning went into the Fort Mill Southern Bypass, which reached completion in 2016. The new thoroughfare improves traffic flow, shortens commutes, creates a more direct route to Charlotte, and prevents traffic build-up downtown. In 2019, the town will open its third high school — Catawba Ridge High School — to help staunch potential overcrowding. Despite its growth, Fort Mill remains one of the saf- est cities in South Carolina. Using population and crime data, SafeWise gave it the 15th spot on its list of the "30 Safest Cities in South Carolina" in 2018. And that's just one of many accolades the town has received. Family- Circle magazine named it one of its top-10 best towns for families. Fort Mill/Rock Hill fast-growing, family-friendly, a velodrome In 2015, online real estate brokerage Movoto placed Fort Mill at number-eight on its list of the "Best Places to Live in Charlotte for Young Professionals," claiming it has the most amenities per capita — 2,168 to be exact — of all the towns ranked. The city boasts two, beautiful 18-hole golf courses, the Fort Mill Golf Club and Springfield Golf Club, the Fort Mill History Museum, and the South Caro- lina Strawberry Festival—a juicy week-long celebration featuring a pageant, golf tournament, car show, and more. Rock Hill, Fort Mill's much grander southern neighbor, is also part of the Charlotte metro region. Just a 35- to 40-min- ute drive away, it's the fifth-largest city in South Carolina with more than 67,000 residents. Major employers include the Piedmont Medical Center, telecommunications provider Comporium, and boat outfitter West Marine. Home to three post-secondary schools, Rock Hill is most definitely a college town. More than 6,000 under- graduate and graduate students matriculate at Winthrop University, ranked eighth among Southern public uni- versities by U.S. News & World Report. York Technical College offers more than 80 programs across disciplines like engineering technology, industrial technology, infor- mation technology, business, health sciences, and public service. A historically black private college, Clinton Col- lege focuses on a liberal arts education. Jutted up against the edge of the Catawba River, Rock Hill's nature game is immense. The city's Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) maintains over 1,250 acres spread across 31 parks and four recreation centers catering to nearly every sport imaginable including bocce, disc golf, and pickleball. The PRT's Therapeutic Division provides year-round sports training and even hosts spring and fall Special Olympics games. Cyclists, in particular, are in for a special treat. The 250-meter world-class Giordana Velodrome hosts na- tional and regional caliber races each year. Located at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, the year-round facility offers programs for cyclists of all levels, providing both equip- ment and instruction. For extreme cycling, the center's Olympic caliber BMX Supercross Track features amateur and elite start hills and a pump track. And just down the street, cyclists can hop on the 1.1-mile Criterion Course, a competitive and recreational paved pathway. [] BY ALYSSA LAFARO FORT MILL STATS POPULATION 17,500 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $285,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,700 COST OF LIVING 114.7 / US 100 ROCK HILL STATS POPULATION 67,000 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $185,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,098 COST OF LIVING 94.9 / US 100

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