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Often referred to as the Queen City by residents, Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina. It’s known for its unique blend of big-city skyline and small-town feel. It’s also the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bank of America.
Experiencing continuous growth since the 1990s, Charlotte’s metropolitan area is home to more than 800,000 people. This is nearly twice the size of the population of Raleigh, the state’s capital, which lies a mere 160 miles to the northeast.
Greensboro — the third-largest city in North Carolina — lies 90 miles from Charlotte, while Atlanta is 244 miles away. Williamsburg, Va., is 335 miles’ distance, which is about a five-hour drive. Myrtle Beach, the charming beach destination, is a 3.5-hour ride away (175 miles).
Charlotte is one of the sunniest places in the U.S., experiencing 214 sunny days, on average — ideal for those looking for outdoor fun. The weather is generally mild in most seasons, except for the summer months, when it can get quite hot and humid.
The restaurant scene is one of Charlotte’s finest assets, as the city is home to high-end eateries like Bentley’s Restaurant; Morton’s Steakhouse; the Bonterra Dining and Wine Room; Mildwood Smokehouse; and Tupelo Honey Cafe.
Parking can prove to be a bit of an issue here, as street parking is usually hard to come by and the myriad of parking garages available in the downtown core are either too expensive or offer only private parking.
Charlotte ranks among the top 10 most diverse cities in the country and is a cultural melting pot for both people and food.
Living in Charlotte is relatively inexpensive when compared to other major U.S. cities.
Basic utilities (including heating, water, cooling, electricity and garbage) cost around $156.52, on average, for a 915-square-foot apartment, which is just below the national average of $159.63.
A typical three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is priced at $66, on average.
With a fast and reliable public transportation system, the city of Charlotte offers public bus lines that cover the metro area, along with a light rail system covering the larger areas of the city. A one-way light rail ticket will set you back $2.20, while a one-day unlimited pass costs $6.60.
The average rent for an apartment in Charlotte is $1,398 per month.
The average apartment size in Charlotte is 942 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Charlotte ranges between $745 and $5,326 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Charlotte ranges between $725 and $5,105 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Charlotte ranges between $850 and $12,176 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Charlotte ranges between $1,225 and $16,693 per month.
The city is filled with a myriad of professional companies within the banking, finance, and accounting industries and features some of the best-paying jobs in the country. Bank of America is the largest bank headquartered in Charlotte, but is just one of seven Fortune 500 companies based in the city. The others are Lowe’s, Nucor, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Family Dollar and Domtar. The unemployment rate in Charlotte is 3.9%, which is below the national average of 4.4%.
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Several high-profile universities serve the city of Charlotte, including Johnson and Wales; Queens College; Wake Forest at Charlotte; Johnson C. Smith; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and the Charlotte School of Law. UNC Charlotte is the fourth-largest institution of the 16 within the University of North Carolina system, and is also the largest institution in the Charlotte region, offering a wide range of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. UNC Charlotte also features seven professional colleges, which include Liberal Arts and Sciences; Arts + Architecture; Business; Computing and Informatics; Education; Engineering; and Health & Human Services; featuring a diverse group of schools in multiple different fields and industries.
Some of the most popular events in the city are the Taste of Charlotte (in summer) and Restaurant Week (in the fall), when visitors can try some tasty local delicacies at affordable prices.
The NBA’s Charlotte Hornets play their games at the Time Warner Cable Arena, while the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play in the nearby Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Knights — affiliates of the Chicago White Sox — play their games in the scenic BB&T Ballpark uptown.
King Drive Art Walk is a fantastic event for families with children, offering fun and memorable times with lots of food, music, games and art.
With more than 210 public parks governing the city, there are plenty of cool outdoor areas for a good spot to walk the dog or take the kids to play. The 98-acre Freedom Park hosts the annual Festival in the Park every September. Reedy Creek Park, Winget Park, James Boyce Park and Nevin Community Park are other great places worth checking out.
The Epicentre is one of the city’s nightlife hotspots in the heart of uptown, which you can reach via the light rail or by ridesharing services, such as Uber or Lyft. The Epicentre is known for its hip restaurants and bars — like the Whisky River and Howl at the Moon — and is also famous for its full-sized movie theater, making it a fantastic place that adults and couples can enjoy. The NoDa area on North Davidson and the Montford area off Woodlawn are other popular nightlife spots in the city. The Fillmore Charlotte, which opened its gates in 2009, is another great place to enjoy in the heart of the NC Music Factory entertainment complex (recently renamed AvidXchange Music Factory).
South Park Mall is a great destination for shopping fanatics, boasting high-end designer stores like Coach, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors. Northlake Mall and Ayrsley Village are two other popular shopping and entertainment venues in the city, with the former featuring more than 100 stores and the latter serving as home to several bars and restaurants, along with the Regal Cinemas Movie Theater.
Rental laws are similar to those governing other states, but differ in the fact that North Carolina has exact requirements for eviction notices (as long as the notice length is not specifically stated in the lease). The eviction period is seven days for monthly rentals, while the minimum eviction notice is 30 days for year-to-year rentals and 60 days for mobile homes.