Charlotte, NC Ranks #1 for Best Places to Live and Relocate

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Downtown Charlotte, NCIn a recent article on and ranks Charlotte, North Carolina area the #1 place to live and relocate to in the United States. The rankings of the top 100 cities were released by and were based a number of different researched criteria. Rankings are based the strength of a cities real estate market, the area's growth, the economy, its educational and employment opportunities, crime rates as well as environmental aspects such as climate comfort, water quality, air quality and the strength of its recycling efforts.

According to President and CEO of HomeRoute and, Charlotte is getting flooded with interst from all over due to its strengths and the opportunities that it offers its residents.

Rankings below are from varoius sources and are offered by The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

  • #1 Most Educated Workforce; Business Facilities, The Location Advisors July 2007. Based on educational attainment of the workforce 25 years and older.
  • #1 Top Large Counties for Recruitment & Attraction; Expansion Management June 2007. Based on relocation rate and new branch rate.
  • #1 America's Most Livable Communities; Partners for Livable Communities. The communities honored are evaluated on their strategies, visions, and actions towards preparing for the new economy as well for the creativity of their leadership and collaborative efforts across 10 areas: New economy, Tourism, Human Development, Housing, Neighborhoods, City Center, Leadership, Finance, Regionalism, Environment
  • #2 Economic Strength Ranking; Policom Corporation July 2007. Ranked by using Population of at least 50,000 with a high degree of social and economic integration.  3 other data sectors including areas of jobs, wages, earnings; non-farm proprietors, construction, retail; welfare, Medicaid factored in also.  
  • #2 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur Magazine Septemeber 2006. Found by using the National Policy Research Council's Entrepreneurial Activity Index to measure the best places to start and grow a company. The index is made up of two parts, each dedicated to measuring a key aspect of entrepreneurship: business formation and business growth.
  • #4 Americas Best Jobs in the Hottest Markets; Business 2.0. October 2007. Based on 2 year job forcast and five other economic sources.
  • #4 America's Best Housing Markets; Forbes, August 2007. Ranked by median house price as compared to last year out of the 50 biggest markets
  • #4 Best Walking Cities of 2007; American Podiatric Medical Association April 2007. Based on fitness-walker friendliness, safe streets, beautiful places to walk, mild weather, and good air quality. 
  • #5 North American Cities of the Future, Rankings for large metros; FDIM Magazine April 2007. Cities were divided into population categories by size. Than Nominees were ranked on 7 selection factors, using a weighted score.
  • #6 Top Data-Center Markets; The Boyd Co. Inc May 2006. Ranked by annual cost to operate a 75-employee data center in a new, 125,000-square foot building.  
  • #7 America's Most Wired Cities; Forbes, January 2008. This ranking is based on the percentage of internet users with high-speed access, the range of service providers within a city, and the availability of public wreless hotspots
  • #8 Best Place for Home Sellers; Forbes, April 2008 Each city was ranked by its 2007 unsold vacancy rate, calculated by the U.S. Census American Housing Survey, and how much the market had tightened or loosened when compared with 2006 conditions. Plus Const. Starts, building starts, job creation etc..

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While other markets in the U.S. are getting slammed, the Charlotte market remains solid. In fact it is the only market in the U.S. not to lose home value in any quarter during 2007 and 2008. In early 2008 it was also deemed one of the strongest real estate markets in the country by the Wall Street Journal.

As one of the Charlotte area's leading Broker/Realtors I can tell you that the Charlotte area is a great place to live and has truly earned the title of Best Place to Live. A clean active city just minutes from Lake Norman and Lake Wylie, Charlotte really has it all.

If you are looking for:

  • a lower cost of living
  • new development
  • strong real estate market
  • very strong ecconomy
  • great climate (long springs and falls)
  • beautiful lakes (Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and Mnt. Island Lake)
  • a 40 minute ride to the mountains
  • 3 hour drive to the ocean
  • Great Sports (NASCAR, NFL, NBA & Major Collage Sports)
  • 2nd Largest Banking City in the U.S.
  • Home to Lowe's Home Improvement Corp, NASCAR Teams, Rubbermaid, Irwin Tools, Ingersol Rand, IBM, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, BB&T Bank, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive Corp, Family Dollar Corp and GoodRich Corp to name a few.

Lake Norman

Lake Norman just 20 Minutes north of downtown Charlotte offers lake living and a number of fun activities for the entire family. It is the largest lake in the Carolina's and serves as a major energy source for the surounding area's.




Lowe's Motor Speedway

Lowe's Motor Speedway located is just 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte in Concord, NC. This is the home track is the closest track to the majority all NASCAR teams which are scattered throughout the Charlotte area. It also hosts 3 NASCAR races each year including the AllStar race.




Birkdale Village

Birkdale Village is one of many popular spots for shopping and entertainment. The village offers shopping, restaurants, pubs a movie theater and a green area where kids play and weekly concerts entertain on-lookers.

The Northlake Mall, which is the largest mall in the Carolina's and only 10 minutes north of downtown Charlotte also offers plenty for the shopping enthusiest. 



Home of the Carolina Panthers

Charlotte is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers who play in Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. If you are a sports fan and move to the area you will see that Carolina fans are passionite about their sports.




Area Golf Courses and Communities

The Charlotte area is loaded with some of the finest golf courses in the world. Charlotte also host's the Wachovia Championship which is one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour.





Charlotte Area Communities

Charlotte was rank #1 for its livability of its communities by The Partners for Livable Communities. The communities honored are evaluated on their strategies, visions, and actions towards preparing for the new economy as well for the creativity of their leadership and collaborative efforts across 10 areas: New economy, Tourism, Human Development, Housing, Neighborhoods, City Center, Leadership, Finance, Regionalism, Environment.

Another #1 ranking for the Charlotte area.

Charlotte offers homes in beautiful communities in all price ranges.


Lowe's Home Improvement CorporateLowe's Home Improvement Corporation in Mooresville is one of many fortune 500 companies that have chosen the Charlotte area to base their headquarters. With job growth high, the Charlotte area is a popular place for people from all over the country to relocate.




Charlotte Area Development

New development is definitly on the rise in the Charlotte area. Everywhere you look new projects are popping up. Everything from residential communities to large commercial projects. Many national developers and builders are moving to the area to join in the rapid development of this area.

Left: The Village of Lake Norman - New $516 Million project slated for completion in 2011.



Area Attractions "Lazy Ranch 5"

There are many neat attractions in the Charlotte area including the Lazy Ranch Five in Mooresville. Not just your average zoo. See some unique animals such as camels, zebra's, Buffalo's, Giraff's and much more.





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I am relocating to charoltte in 08/ What are the safest zip codes to live?  I am going to rent condo/townhose approx $1100 per month.

I currently live in Farmington Hills Michigan 48334 which is considered one of the safest zip codes in Michigan.

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Opps forgot to give you my email address. Myra

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