Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 12 CHARLOTTE LIVING 4332 Monroe Road Charlotte, NC 28205 | 704-332-4139 | thehearthandpatio.com • Outdoor Living Furniture • Gas Grills • Indoor/Outdoor Gas Logs & Fireplaces • Umbrellas • Fireplace Glassdoors - Screens - Toolsets • Rugs family owned and operated The Charlotte region is the Carolina's largest manufacturing area accounting for nearly one-third of the state's manufacturing companies and it is the nation's second largest banking center behind New York City. Charlotte is an educated city with more than 40 percent of its population having a bachelor's degree or higher. The Charlotte area is home to more than 50 colleges and universities that serve approximately 216,000 students and award nearly 29,000 degrees annually. Students obtain degrees ranging from associate's degrees from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to master's and post-doctoral programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college, and private schools such as Queen's University and others. CPCC is the state's largest community college, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the fourth-largest university in the 16-campus UNC system. The Queen City has landed on the top of yet another list —Forbes' "Top Cities to Invest in Housing in 2017." Based on population, job, and home price growth, the publication ranked the top 20 in the U.S. Charlotte ranked number 12 in the nation, ahead of Raleigh at number 13. Money magazine ranked the Queen City number one on its list of "Best Big-City Bargains" based on housing affordability, economic strengths and livability. Zillow.com places Charlotte in the top 10 as a "sweet spot" for home ownership. The central part of the city is called Uptown, so named because Charlotte sits on a hill. Uptown (rarely referred to as downtown) is the center of the city for a reason. It is here that the entertainment and business districts merge and energy flows from this main artery of the city. Uptown is divided into four wards, the center of which is the intersection of Trade Street and Tryon Street (known by locals as the main drag). Surrounding neighborhoods include Elizabeth, West End, South End, NoDa, Midtown and Wesley Heights. Major sport franchises come together to showcase national team sports in stadiums, ball parks and arena venues. Summer brings out baseball fans who gather at the BB&T ball park when the Charlotte Knights host home games. In the fall Carolina Panther pride rears its head at the Bank of America Stadium and Cam Newton fans watch the 2015 MVP in action. Winter brings "hoop time" and the NBA Charlotte Hornets to the city. Live music is on tap most every night in Uptown. National and local music acts entertain at the Music Factory, Visual Light, outdoor music concerts and festivals. Romare Bearden Park is a favorite place to gather for free outdoor

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