Rated #12 in the US for best places for business and careers, Charlotte NC is a hot bed. Charlotte is the second biggest banking center in the US, after NYC. Like most big cities, Charlotte is largely a commuter city. Thus, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of 5 Charlotte suburbs which are great for young professionals, new families and established families alike.
Being located in South Carolina has its advantages. Low property tax is luring many people to look across state lines to property in South Carolina. Overall, cost-of-living is cheaper in Fort Mill, making it a very desirable suburb. It’s home to 11,387 and is 18 miles away from Charlotte’s downtown. A mark of a blooming suburb is usually the amount and quality of hospitals in the area. Fort Mill has great new hospitals coupled with established schools.
Average real estate price: $174,249 (28% higher than SC average)
Known as “Playful City USA,” and rightfully so, Mount Holly has six parks and two recreational centers. Mount Holly is perfect for those who have an affinity with nature. You can be in Crowders Mountain State Park in less than 30 minutes. The population currently sits at 13,776, so for anyone looking for a small-town that’s close to Charlotte, this is the place.
Average real estate price: $149,110 (0.5% lower than NC average).
The median household income is 48,070 (6% above state average).
Home to 11,484 and with a close proximity to downtown Charlotte (20 miles), Davidson is a great place to call home. Davidson is host to a great college (Davidson College), a quaint farmers market and friendly people. Davidson is known as the expensive area outside of NC, and though there are properties that cost millions of dollars, there are also affordable options for new families here. 32.5% of the residents in Davidson are college students, meaning the dynamics of the town change quite a bit when school is on break for the summer.
For anyone looking to send their kids to Davidson, or to move themselves/family to the area, they can rest assured that Davidson is one of the safest areas in NC. The crime rate as judged by city-data.com is 71.8 (higher means more, US average is 322.2).
Average real estate price: 299,189 (92.6% higher than NC average).
Economically, Davidson is ahead of the rest of the state with a median household income of $82,734 which is 45% higher than the state average ($45,150).
Indian Trail is home to 34,800 people. The population has grown over 192% in size since 2000, leading many new families to call Indian Trail home. The suburb is 15 miles from downtown Charlotte, meaning the drive into work isn’t overwhelming for commuters. The median age for this area is 33.7 years, giving it a very lively atmosphere for a small town. The Sun Valley Commons hosts a massive movie theater, and several bars/restaurants; making it a go-to place for weekends.
Average real estate price: $173,330 (15.4% higher than NC average).
Economically, those living in Indian Trail bring in $60,337 which is 25% higher than the state median household income.
Home to 11,973 people, Harrisburg is 14 miles from downtown Charlotte and takes anywhere from 25-30 minutes to drive depending on traffic. Harrisburg has seen job growth (+1.85%) and the unemployment rate is 5.4% (US average is 6.3%). It is also a hot spot for UNC Charlotte students as it’s 4.3 miles away. Nascar fans will rejoice, as Harrisburg is only 3.4 miles away from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Average real estate price: $204,195 (33% higher than NC average).
Economically, the median household income for those in Harrisburg was $83,513 (84.9% higher than NC average.)
It’s no secret that Huntersville is one of the strongest markets in the Charlotte area. Like Indian Trail, Huntersville is only 15 miles from downtown Charlotte. Home to nearly 50,000 residents, Huntersville has grown over 97.7% since 2000. This is a great place to call home for many reasons, but one stands out, its quality schools. North Mecklenburg High came in 4th in the Charlotee Magazine’s 2011 public school rankings.
Average real estate price: $237,636 (58% higher than NC average).
Economically the median household income is 84,641 which is 45% higher than the state average.
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