Moving to Charlotte? Go ahead and start jumping for joy. This up-and-coming city has a youthful, progressive vibe that is appealing to career-minded millennials and young families alike. A major banking hub, the city is home to headquarters for financial institutions like Bank of America and BB&T. Other corporate giants in the area include Lowe’s, Duke Energy and Hanes Brands, Inc.
Location also makes Charlotte desirable. It’s a cinch to get pretty much anywhere from Charlotte, whether by land or air, which earns it the nickname, “International Gateway to the South.” The area is also extremely affordable, with the median price of Charlotte homes at $275,000. Popular neighborhoods include Freedom Park, Uptown and Dilworth.
Charlotte seamlessly melds urban opportunities with breathtaking outdoor adventures. The U.S. National Whitewater Center, where Olympic athletes train, along with the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Crowders Mountain are just a handful of outdoor locations frequented by locals and visitors alike. Charlotte also boasts some of the most well-tended golf courses in the world, and has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, like the Lazy 5 Ranch, Discovery Place and ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center.
Charlotte is also famous for its NASCAR presence, with many of the major teams keeping headquarters in the city. Be sure to stop by the NASCAR Hall of Fame for an in-depth history of the sport. Sports is big in Charlotte, with fans turning out in droves to support local teams like the Knights (baseball), Carolina Panthers (football), Hornets (basketball) and Checkers (hockey).
And the food scene? Some say Charlotte has arrived, with recent accolades including a spot on Zagat’s list of “26 Hottest Food Cities in the U.S.” The social scene is bumping in this Southern hub, with offerings including everything from breweries to cocktail lounges and night clubs.