10 reasons we love Charlotte, North Carolina
With new opportunities for international registered nurses in the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, we got together with our US North Carolina Team to find out why Charlotte, “The Queen City”, is one of the best places to live and work in the USA, and why our candidates will love this fast growing North Carolina city that still embraces its southern charm.
1) Low cost of living and a thriving job market
Whether you are a recently qualified registered nurse travelling to the US on your own, or you are moving to Charlotte with your family – the cost of living in Charlotte won’t break the bank. According to PayScale the cost of living in Charlotte is 5% lower than the national average, and with the cost of housing below the national average too, Charlotte has one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. It’s no wonder Charlotte has become one of the most liveable cities in the United States. On top of that, the thriving job market in Charlotte means there’s opportunities to grow career wise!
2) Warm weather.
Carolina blue skies can be seen all year round in Charlotte, with mild weather through all 4 seasons and plenty of sun. The annual average temperature in Charlotte, NC is 61.5 degrees, bringing friendly winters, spectacular springs, festive summers and colourful falls.
3) Plenty of public transport.
Getting around Charlotte is a breeze – even for a newcomer. You don’t even need a car! Explore the city by rail by hopping on the Lynx Blue Line Light Rail and CityLynx Gold Line, take advantage of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Service that provides more than 25 million passenger trips each year, or avoid rush hour by renting a bike and cycle along the Charlotte B-cycle. Charlotte is also home to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, America’s eighth busiest airport meaning Charlotte offers easy accessibility to the rest of the United States and connects Charlotte to the rest of the world.
4) Outdoor activities.
Living in Charlotte, North Carolina puts you in prime adventure territory, making it a natural choice for your relocation to the USA. The possibilities for outdoor pursuits really are endless in Charlotte, giving you the perfect opportunity to grab your backpack and paddles, and unplug! Visit Lake Norman, 12 miles north of Charlotte, and enjoy its 520 miles of shoreline that offers adventures in and out of the lake or if you’re an adrenaline junkie, why not call by the U.S National Whitewater Center and have a go at whitewater rafting!
5) Unique neighbourhoods and suburbs.
The Queen City offers a unique blend of Southern tradition and urban flair, with each of Charlotte’s neighbourhoods having its own distinct characteristics. Join young professionals in the social and energetic Uptown, the city center of Charlotte. By day visit world-class museums and go shopping in quirky boutiques, and by night enjoy its colourful taverns and take in the city’s incredible Skyline from one of many rooftop patios. If the bustle of the city center isn’t your thing, there’s the picturesque and friendly residential area of Myers Park. Known for being one of Charlotte’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, complete with scenic tree lined streets.
Looking for some inspiration? Hop over to Charlotte’s hip art district NoDa (North Davidson), if you are want to take in some lake views head to Cornelius, or if you are looking for something more charming and cozy, make your way to Dilworth, home to Freedom Park, and one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with beautiful homes and a quieter atmosphere.
6) A city for foodies.
It might be known as a banking time, but Charlotte’s bustling urban hotspots have a rich foodie scene. The Queen City was recently ranked as one of the best food cities in America, by Zagat. The first thing to try is the city’s legendary barbeque, this is the Carolina’s after all! Or head to South End for the best Asian cuisine Charlotte has to offer. It’s not just food that this City is good at. Visit the city’s brewery hubs and sample the finest hops!
7) Great school systems.
With a graduation rate of 85%, Charlotte is 4% ahead of the national average proving that they are ahead of other cities in the level of quality education children receive. With fantastic schools from elementary through to university, Charlotte is a great place for families relocating with children.
8) Beautiful scenery.
Located on the border of North and South Carolina, between the Smoky Mountains and the Carolina coastline, Charlotte has a setting for every occasion. With the best of both worlds on your doorstep, you can start your day in the mountains and end it by the ocean with a stroll along the Carolina coast.
9) Professional sports teams.
Whether you are rooting for the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets or the Charlotte Knights, Charlotte gives sports fans a lot to cheer about!
Charlotte is ranked one of the most racially diverse cities in America, in a new report by SmartAsset.com. Diversity plays a huge role in the culture of the city, making it an enticing place for people from all over the world to settle down. Most people you will meet in Charlotte, won’t be from Charlotte either. This melting pot effect draws all kinds of people to live and work in the Queen City, meaning everyone is in the same boat when it comes to meeting new people. Wherever you are from, Charlotte is a city that you can call home!
If Charlotte, North Carolina, sound like the place for you, apply now for our opportunties for international registered nurses.