I live in Highland Creek and love it. It is a wonderful area close to Charlotte. I live on the Cabarrus County side of Highland Creek and the schools are wonderful - You can check out Cabarrus County Schools at their website. It is a safe neighborhood with walking trails, pools, tennis, and parks. I've lived here for a year and haven't heard of violence being on the rise - only home values on the rise :) Check out surrounding neighborhoods too - Skybrook, Christenbury, Winding Walk - most homes in this area are very expensive but you can still find a deal :) Good Luck!!