There has never been a better time to be living in the Charlotte, NC metro area. The city has been ranked #3 top housing market in 2021 by realtor.com, #5 for expected growth in top housing construction markets, and is also a city that millennials have been flocking to even before the pandemic. Outside magazine recently listed Charlotte as one of the top 20 most livable cities in America. Find out more below.
In the past, the list was compiled by committee selections, by submission, and by executive decision. This year the list was compiled in a different way due to the ongoing pandemic. It became clear in 2020 that nature has become an antidote for Americans. Early on, the wealthy fled urban areas for second homes away from the city, while suburbanites expanded their outdoor living spaces and sought out green spaces. Charlotte is a city that definitely checks these boxes.
Diversity: A 2021 report from personal-finance site WalletHub ranked the 501 most populated cities based on the diversity of their socioeconomic, cultural, household, and religious makeup. The rankings drew on 13 specific metrics, including educational attainment and languages spoken. On the scorecards we include for each city, we provide that city’s WalletHub ranking.
Sustainability: A 2019 WalletHub report ranked the 100 most populated cities according to investment in green initiatives. It used 28 metrics, including air quality and the ability to get to work using public transportation. Again, on our scorecard, we give the WalletHub ranking.
Affordability: Median home prices are based on projections through May 2021 provided by the real estate website Zillow.
Outdoor Equity: In addition to our own reporting, we used data from a 2021 Trust for Public Land report on the percentage of each city that consists of parkland, along with the percentage of residents of color who live within a ten-minute walk of a park.
What Makes Charlotte One of the Most Livable Cities in the US
Even though Charlotte is known as one of the top banking cities in the US, the Queen City has focused on developing greenways and outdoor spaces for years. The greenway system now has over 49 miles of developed greenway trails in Mecklenburg county with more being built every year. The US National Whitewater Center has also drawn attention to Charlotte with outdoor enthusiasts. The 1,300-acre recreation area along the Catawba River offers hiking trails, mountain biking, climbing, and of course whitewater rafting, and kayaking.
Mountain Creek Park located just north of the city in Sherrills Ford will be opening in 2022. The 606-acre park will feature an 18-mile hiking, biking and trail running network as well as other outdoor amenities on the shores of Lake Norman. This new park will only add to the greenway master plan in place. The Cross Charlotte Trail, a 26-mile route that runs from South Carolina through the city center to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is still being developed and will put Charlotte among the top 25 cities in the country with the most multi-use trails.
Are you considering a move to the Queen City? Contact your preferred agent or our VP of Relocation Catharine Pappas to learn more about the wonderful city we call home.