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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Charlotte is a city in North Carolina with a population of 826,060. Charlotte is in Mecklenburg County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Charlotte offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Charlotte there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Charlotte and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Charlotte are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$187,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,018
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Charlotte Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    433.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    220.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    701.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,827
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    286.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Charlotte is a great place for anyone who loves variety! There are always new events to participate in. Festivals, conventions, and gallery walks thrive in Charlotte. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from too. From fast-food joints, to swanky diners, to Italian restaurants, to Chinese buffets, Charlotte has it all.

It cityscape is ever-changing as well. New establishments pop up right beside old ones! Every time you drive down the highway, you will see a building being constructed on the side of the road. Fortunately, you can take a break at one of the city’s natural parks.

Making agenda for the day isn’t difficult since life in the city is never boring. I personally would prefer to see more trees and lower parking rates. The rising population rates lead to higher rates of violence. I feel that is to be expected in growing cities. Yet, the endless possibilities, the sociable people, and the intriguing attractions make up for Charlotte’s flaws.
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If you want to raise a family in Charlotte you need to have money, to be honest. The school systems actually suck. I graduated from high school and my school didn't even offer a yearbook. I've been to a very high-income school and low-income school and let me tell you the differences and similarities. At the very high income which will not be named, I took AP classes and was able to PURCHASE a better grade. At the very low-income school, I took honors which was very confusing because all schools in Charlotte has a different curriculum. The school board never communicated with the low-income school property on deadlines and never funded the school properly. Now the similarities in schools were just 65% the teachers didn't really care. Also, the rent is too high. If you want a nice 1 bedroom apartment expect to pay nothing less than $1,100 a month. Now the food here is amazing and the party scene is awesome but other than that its average. DON'T MOVE HERE WITH YOUR CHILDREN!
Charlotte has been listed as #1 city for millennial's as 60 a day move here! The fastest growing city in the south, Charlotte offers an abundance of nightlife, culture, recreational opportunities, arts, and a booming job market. The climate is ideal with mild winters and early springs with late falls. It's ideally located within easy access of all of the state's diverse geography, from the beautiful mountains and Blue Ridge Pkwy. (90 min) to some of America's most beautiful beaches, Myrtle, Sunset, Charleston, Hilton Head Island etc.(3-4 hrs). Rivers are plentiful as are remote areas to hike.