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Getting to Know Charlotte, NC
The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte is also one of the greenest, boasting 174 miles of pedestrian and bike paths as well as a light rail mass transit system. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), a major hub for American Airlines, serves more than 40 million travelers each year. The region also provides a home for major businesses like Bank of America and notable universities like UNC Charlotte. One of the fastest-growing cities in America, Charlotte welcomes new arrivals from across the country without sacrificing its Southern charm.

 

Did you know?

Charlotte is nicknamed "Tree City"--and for good reason. In 2012, the city made a commitment to plant 500,000 trees by 2050, and the lush green canopy makes it a beautiful, yet cosmopolitan place to live.

 

Best Charlotte Apartments and Neighborhoods

Looking for the best places to live in Charlotte? The city's neighborhoods have distinctive character, so you can choose the one that fits your lifestyle.

 

  • Dilworth (East Charlotte): Populated with historic buildings, this charming, long-established neighborhood offers locally owned boutiques and restaurants, parks and a four-mile nature trail.
  • Eastland: An affordable choice for families, this area is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment and will soon feature a K-8 language immersion magnet school.
  • Montclaire South: This Charlotte neighborhood is known for its diversity and has strong Native American, Hispanic and Asian communities as well as an abundance of young singles.
  • Elizabeth (South Charlotte): If you want to live in a vibrant area filled with restaurants, theaters, museums and exciting nightlife, search for apartments in Elizabeth.
  • Oxford Hunt: This family-oriented neighborhood, anchored by a large outdoor mall of the same name, offers abundant trees and country clubs with well-manicured golf courses.

 

Charlotte's neighborhoods are growing rapidly and constantly developing, so it's easy to find an affordable apartment near excellent public schools and personal points of interest.

 

Charlotte Industry and Jobs Market

A major U.S. financial hub, Charlotte is home to Bank of America's national headquarters and Wells Fargo's East Coast operations.

 

Fun Things to Do in Charlotte

This Southern city offers an abundance of seasonal events, from holiday celebrations to food and craft beer festivals. If you're looking for free things to do in Charlotte, several local breweries offer complimentary tours, and the greenways (37 miles of them) provide a great setting for a run or a bicycle ride.

 

Top Five Things to Do in Charlotte

Explore some of Charlotte's many activities with our top five suggestions.

 

 

  • Rev Your Engines: Check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame, home to 150,000 square feet of interactive activities, including race simulators. Time yourself at the tire-changing station, or let your kids take the wheel in the children's section.
  • Experience Big Thrills: At Carowinds amusement park, 15 minutes south of uptown, you can enjoy roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and an expansive water park.
  • Find 100 Acres of Serenity: The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers rare heirloom plants and colorful, constantly changing flower displays that make for a quiet day in a plant-lover's paradise.
  • Learn Something New: The exhibits at Discovery Place help you explore natural science, astronomy, anatomy and much more. You can also gaze at aquariums and learn about rainforests.
  • Go for a Hike: The McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers 1,100 verdant acres filled with bird-feeding stations and butterfly gardens.

 

For Charlotte Families with Kids

Take your kids to Great Wolf Lodge to experience a massive indoor water park, or enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and family activities at the Matthews Community Farmers' Market. Your family can also watch a performance and pick out a few books at ImaginOn, an educational center which combines a children's theater with a library. Charlotte complements its fun family activities with excellent public schools, including magnet schools, offered through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district.

 

Outdoor Living

Take advantage of Charlotte's abundant outdoor activities by going for a stroll in Freedom Park, biking along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway or lounging on the shores of Lake Norman.

 

Getaways from Charlotte

North Carolina's largest city lies only two and a half hours from the quirky charm of Asheville, NC and less than three and a half hours from historic Charleston, SC. Several beaches can also be found a short distance from Charlotte, including the picturesque Isle of Palms and the popular Carolina Beach, both less than four hours away.