Being the native Charlottean that I am, I had to respond. I will try to give you as much info as I can...
-New South concept, still say "ya'll" but have NFL, NBA, museums, art shows, fine dining, etc....
-The Charlotte area has some great suburbs-
Northeast - Cabarrus County-Concord, Harrisburg
North - Lake Norman area-Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville
West - Gaston County-Mount Holly, Cramerton, Belmont (personally wouldn't recommend any towns further west than that.)
Southwest - Lake Wylie area-Tega Cay, Rock Hill (SC), Fort Mill (SC)
South - Pineville, Weddington
Southeast - Matthews, Union County-Indian Trail (once again, personally don't recommend any towns further east of there.)
-We are BOOMING. There is construction going on around every corner
-There are several hospitals to choose from in this area. The big learning hospital is CMC. http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/
. Also check out http://presbyterian.org
-Conservatively you will spend 8 months of the year outside. It's cold (below freezing at night) from the 2-3 week of December until the 2-3 week of February and it's hot (mid to high 90s during day) from the 2-3 week of June until 2-3 week August. It is true that the humidity is oppressive sometimes, but at least it's not as bad as Florida.
-My 13 & 14 y/o are free to roam the neighborhood, my 11 y/o has freedom of half the neighborhood, & my 8 y/o can ride around on the sidewalks within sight of our house. I feel very comfortable letting them out in this area.
-Our school system is a mess (Chrlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). Our schools in the suburbs are overcrowded and the schools in the city do not attract students because of inadequate facilities. If we could move right now I would leave Mecklenburg County and go to one of the surrounding counties. Iredell, Gaston, & Cabarrus are all better school systems.
-I don't know how it is in the rest of the world but in Charlotte, you can drive down the road and go from houses that run 350K to, a few miles later, a neighborhood you don't want to drive through at night. Maybe that's a little exaggerated (sp?) but maybe you get what I mean. There are only a few REALLY bad areas. The rest are bad areas scattered with good areas.
If you want to look at houses in the area go here
If you want to see the website for the school systems:
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schoools (CMS)
- Gaston County
- Cabarrus County
- Iredell County
General County Information - http://www.charmeck.org/living/home.htm