Charlotte has the perfect balance of Carolina natives and transplants from all over the world (although most still come from NY, Ohio, or Florida). This has caused the development of a truly welcoming spirit – most Charlotteans really do love their neighbors and are always open to meeting new people. We also have one of the largest number of charities (per capita) of anywhere in America.
Charlotte’s massive growth spurt over the last few decades has allowed for an unparalleled entrepreneurial environment. Our city has seen businesses start from nothing and grow into billion-dollar empires (Bank of America, Red Ventures, Duke Energy). From construction companies, to tech start-ups, to restaurant franchises – our growth has truly become contagious.
#3 City Center
Start walking through the city streets, and you’re bound to stumble on some incredible coffee shops (Smelly Cat, Not Just Coffee, Mugs, etc), someone selling hand-crafted jewelry, or some local art. You’ll constantly be surrounded by welcoming people, fresh local music, and unbelievably good food.
In the past few years, the fan bases of the Panthers, Hornets, Knights, Checkers, and even Roller Girls have been growing like crazy. Our basketball team recently regained the Hornets name by popular demand, the Panthers having their best year ever last year, and the new Knights stadium is now officially the nicest minor league baseball field in America – what’s not to love? Charlotte not only has the fastest growing fan base – our fans are also some of the coolest people in the world.
#5 Lake Norman
Lazy days spent with your favorite people, doing nothing more than floating around and enjoying the sunshine. Nothing compares to a sunny day on Lake Norman!