I hesitated to post this but the forum is for honest feedback and I think it is worth some thought.
The past few days I've heard more than one person on our local talk radio station call in during discussions about problems facing Charlotte. Many of the callers are people who have moved in from out of state during the past 10 years. More and more are planning to move OUT of the Charlotte area. Why? The schools, crime, taxes, etc....
I know everything is relative. Some newcomers may be coming from areas where there is MORE of that problem than what is perceived in Charlotte. And, I don't want to give the impression that the area is not a decent place to live.
But, be very knowledgeable - you may jump from the frying pan into the fire. There are issues in the area that don't appear to have any imminent solution. Today one of our posters told me she is considering a move "sight unseen" to the area. This concerns me greatly.
I grew up here and have many friends and family in the region. My church is here, my job is here, there are many pluses. But, I can tell you also that as quickly as is financially possible, I will be moving from this area. We've been in too many wrecks to and from work ( not our fault), taxes and insurance are skyrocketing, crime is exponentially increasing, and it's just not the place in which I grew up . It's too busy and the local governments are inept.
Now - someone who has recently moved here will reply to my post and scathingly rebuke me because they have a wonderful life here. That is fine - that's what a forum is all about. I have a good life too and I'm a pretty content fellow. But, I know where I can have a better life! LOL.
I want to be helpful to all who wish to explore moving to the Charlotte area - but you need to know honest perspectives. Mine is one. I'm not a cheerleader for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce! LOL. I am John Q Citizen.Be sure it is the right move. Charlotte may be great for you - but it is not Utopia.