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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 841,611. 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
$200,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,086
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
    473.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    189.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    608.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,812
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    324.8
    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
    11%
  • 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%

Working in Charlotte

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,886
National
$55,322
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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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Living in Charlotte, NC is not the right move for everyone. It is, however one of the best places to live in the country, especially if you love a big city with a small town feel. The city of Charlotte has the type of personality that is easy to fall in love with thanks to the people that live here. Undoubtedly, Charlotte is the perfect place for an immigrant like me, having a tropical but bipolar climate. Winter are very bearable with little-No snow. It is a very clean and quiet place with a perfect distance from mountains and beaches. And for all the food lovers, here comes the best part. Amelie's open 24/7, which never runs out of coffee. Super spicy foods ranging from Indian delicacies to Mexican grills. And for the Shopaholics, you can pinch your pockets from the malls around the city, my favorite one is at South Park.

Visit once and you'll fall in love with this place!
Coming to this city not knowing anyone 6 years ago, I have accomplished alot. I am finally in my career as a Human Resource/Accounting Coordinator. I am finally finishing school and completing my Bachelors Degree. I have made a lot of connections and have grown and matured in so many ways. I love this city because it really challenged me to push myself and do what I would not be able to do if I did not get from under the safety net of my family. We have the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets plus a baseball team and will so get a professional soccer team. This city is full of opportunity and I am proud to call this place my home!