The Queen City. The QC. The Hornet’s Nest. Crown Town. These are all affectionate nicknames given to Charlotte, North Carolina that reflect the loyalty and warmth of the city’s 687,000-plus citizens. It is the 18th largest city in the country, and the largest city in the state, serving as the county seat to Mecklenburg County. In 2008, Charlotte was named “The Best Place to Live in America” by relocate-america.com, and ranked #8 on CNNMoney.com’s list of the 100 “Best Places to Live and Launch.”
Sixteen different museums pepper Charlotte real estate from the Charlotte Nature Museum to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The city is also host to several professional sports teams including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the NBA’s Charolotte Bobcats. Several other minor league teams and fringe sports exist throughout the city such as rugby, indoor football, and rollerderby.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system serves 132,000 students in over 160 total schools. In 2009 the National Association of Educational Procurement, known better as the report card of the nation’s urban school systems, granted its highest accolades to the school system. Institutes of higher education also have a major presence in the city such as University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University, and the Charlotte School of Law.
The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department provides 210 parks across almost 18,000 acres. The city and surrounding area is home to over 10 separate golf courses including the Ballantyne Country Club and The Palisades Country Club.
Serving the city’s mass transit needs is the Charlotte Area Transit System, which serves the entirety of Mecklenburg County. This includes the Crescent train which connects with New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, Greensboro, Atlanta and several others. This train plus the Carolinian and Piedmont trains are serviced and provided by Amtrak. The Charlotte/Douglass International Airport provides air transportation and in terms of flight traffic is the 11th busiest airport in the world.
Job opportunities for those prospecting Charlotte homes are offered by a plethora of local, national, and global employers. Bank of America, Ameritrust, Campbell Alliance, and Lowe’s have all proven to be in the top percentile of employers with little turn-around and consistent growth.
Charlotte is a city of boundless opportunity and excitement, with cultures mingling freely with the utmost harmony and ease. Restaurants, sports, parks, and relaxation – Charlotte, North Carolina offers it all.