Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 54 UNION COUNTY Union County history, business growth, arts venues Union County is aptly named. Alone, the small towns and villages that dot the county's 640 square miles are likely ones that you've never heard of; there's no bulging metropolis or football franchise, just picturesque communities like Mint Hill, Mineral Springs and Wesley Chapel. But put them all together and they represent one of the fastest growing counties in the United States with a population that's almost doubled since the turn of the century. With a 25 percent increase just in the last decade, this county is thriving. And talk about equality of the sexes – the county is split 50-50! Perhaps the county's biggest draw is its proximity to Charlotte, a city's that known as a big player in the world of finance. It's undeniable that many Union County citizens who work in Charlotte are just country folk at heart and are more than happy to make the drive home to a slower-paced life, taking in the rolling hills and green pastures as they leave the city lights behind. But there are also opportunities for employment right in Union County. It boasts the state's highest concentration of aerospace companies— 23 in a seven- mile radius— while agriculture and related businesses still reign in the eastern portion of the county. Union Country is proud of their patronage of the arts and entertainment. The Union County Playmakers and The Storefront Theater bring amateur and professional actors and dancers together to entertain an always-delighted Union County audience. But don't feel you have to sit and watch—try out for a part in one of the many productions. And the Playmakers always need someone handy with a hammer or paintbrush, as well. The Storefront Theater is where the spoken word takes center stage and actors perform without the benefit (or they might say, interference!) of props. The Union County Writers' Club provides another creative outlet. They host workshops, lectures, critiques and readings for aspiring and established writers. An interesting twist on the typical museum is Waxhaw's Museum of the Alphabet where displays trace the history of the world's alphabets and showcase how literacy has transformed communities across the globe. The music says it all when the Union Symphony puts on a concert. They partner with the Union County Youth Ballet to present The Nutcracker every year, and the annual Nutcracker Open Golf Tournament fundraiser gives the community a fun opportunity to support the event. Since variety is the spice of life, the symphony also has a jazz program called Union Jazz. Wanna take it outside? Union County maintains several parks throughout the region. Waxhaw's Cane Creek Park offers year-round fun. There's boating, hiking, picnic areas, canoe and rowboat rentals, ball fields, playgrounds, disc golf, and mountain bike and horse trails—take your pick. When the days grow longer and warmer, you can add swimming, pedal boats, and miniature golf to the mix. A great summer camp program includes all of these activities and more. And largemouth bass, beware! The park's 350-acre lake offers some of the best bass fishing in the state. Other popular fishing holes in the county are Catfish Pond, Lake Minnehaha and Lake Monroe. Heed the cry "Play ball!" at Fred Kirby Park, a small athletic complex in Indian Trial, or play soccer at Jesse Helms Park in Monroe. There's great hiking and exploring on Polk Mountain in Marshville. The most recent estimated median family income is $77,000, and unemployment has consistently come in well below the national average, meaning many families in the county have the wherewithal to purchase a home, go on shopping sprees and enjoy local eateries. Thankfully, Union County's shopping, dining and residential development has kept up with the demand. New neighborhoods, especially in the western part of the county, offer striking single-family homes on spacious lots as well as multi-family communities, both chocked full of amenities. Shopping centers include big-box chains as well as the best of local cuisine and boutiques. [] BY VERA WILSON UNI0N COUNT Y STATS LAND AREA: 631.52 SQUARE MILES 2016 POPULATION ESTIMATE: 212,756 SOURCE: WWW.NCPEDIA.ORG

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