Relocating to Charlotte NC

The ABCs of Charlotte
Schools, Child Care, Senior Housing, Taxes & Weather

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Relocating to Charlotte? Here’s the insider’s relocation primer to Charlotte from A-Z! Moving is tough, especially to an unfamiliar place. This checklist of resources will help you settle in faster and covers everything from schools and child care to senior housing, taxes and weather for an easier transition to life in Charlotte, NC. Scroll through the entire alphabet or skip ahead and save yourself some running around by using the links below. Soon, you’ll be so knowledgeable you may be mistaken for a native Charlottean!

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Animal License – Newcomers have 30 days after establishing residency to get licenses for their dogs and cats. Licenses are available from the Animal Control Bureau located at 8315 Bynum Ave, or call (704) 336-3786.

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Building Permits – If you’re planning on doing a little remodeling, and aren’t sure whether or not you need a permit, call (704) 336-2831 first.

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Child CareChild Care Resources, Inc. offers free assistance in finding and selecting child care to meet your family’s specific needs. Call (704) 348-2181 for referrals to the accredited child care centers located near your home or employer.

Churches and Places of Worship – Charlotte has over 700 churches located within the city. Neighborhood churches provide a variety of opportunities to their members, from daycare and youth education to groups for singles, young adults, parents and seniors.

The Clergy Association of Charlotte-Mecklenburg can provide information about churches in your area. You may also want to contact one of the denominational headquarters listed below.

The Clergy Association of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
6904 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. Mint Hill NC USA 28212

Phone: (704) 376-7782

Denominational Headquarters

  • Advent Christian – (704) 545-6161
  • AME Zion – (704) 332-7600
  • Baptist – (704) 375-1197
  • Catholic – (704) 370-6299
  • Christian & Missionary Alliance – (704) 543-0470
  • Church of God – (704) 394-6333
  • Church of the Nazarene – (704) 537-8801
  • Church of Religious Science – (704) 531-7993
  • Episcopal – (704) 333-0387 or (704) 332-4171
  • Greek Orthodox – (704) 334-4771
  • Islamic Center of Charlotte – (704) 537-9399
  • Jewish – (704) 366-5007
  • Lutheran – (704) 372-7317
  • Moravian – (704) 334-1381
  • Presbyterian – (704) 535-9999
  • Salvation Army – (704) 334-4731
  • Seventh Day Adventist – (704) 596-3200
  • Unitarian – (704) 366-8623
  • United Methodist – (704) 535-2260

Cost of Living – Calculate the cost of living in Charlotte compared to where you’re living now. Overall housing values in the Mecklenburg County have risen with the area’s steady growth. As of September 2007, the average price for a home in Mecklenburg County was $217,000.

Crime Analysis – Call (704) 336-4043 to get the crime rate for specific areas or streets in the Charlotte area, or check the NC Sex Offenders Registry or Crime Information , and put in the ZIP Code of the area you want to search (Last Name is NOT required).

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Deed Forms – These North Carolina deed and security forms are formatted to meet the statutory requirements of North Carolina.

Drivers License - Newcomers have 30 days after establishing residency to get their NC Drivers License.

Drivers License Offices
  • 6016 Brookshire Blvd – (704) 392-3266
  • Hwy 29 North – (704) 547-5787
  • 201 W. Arrowood Rd – (704) 527-2562

License Plate Offices

  • 6016 Brookshire Blvd – (704) 399-8306
  • 6058 E. Independence Blvd, and Hwy 495 – (704) 455-9517
  • 4200 South Blvd – (704) 525-3832

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Employers, Charlotte NC- Charlotte offers a productive work force for companies concerned about the quality of their products or services.

The number of firms locating in Charlotte during the last ten years is evidence of the quality of Charlotte’s work force. Presently, nearly 300 of the nation’s largest industrial and service corporations listed by Fortune magazine have facilities in Mecklenburg County. A quality work force attracts quality corporate citizens.

Top 25 Employer Listings by Number of Employees
  1. Wachovia Corp.*
  2. Carolinas HealthCare System*
  3. Bank of America Corp.*
  4. Duke Energy Corp.*
  5. Delhaize America Inc./Food Lion LLC
  6. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  7. Ruddick Corp.*
  8. U.S. Airways Group Inc.
  9. Springs Industries Inc.
  10. Winn-Dixie Charlotte Inc.
  11. Presbyterian Healthcare/Novant Health Inc.*
  12. Freightliner, LLC
  13. Fieldcrest Cannon
  14. Northeast Medical Center
  15. Bi-Lo LLC.
  16. Corning Cable Systems
  17. BellSouth Corp.
  18. Phillip Morris USA
  19. CaroMont Health
  20. Belk Inc.*
  21. Compass Group North America*
  22. CommScope Inc.
  23. Solectron Technology Inc.
  24. Continental Tire North America*
  25. International Business Machines Corp.

*Headquartered in Mecklenburg County

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Fire Districts – To find out which fire department services your neighborhood, and to determine your homeowner insurance rating, call (704) 336-2441.

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Government - The city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County govern independently. If you’re unsure which government agency would handle your question, call (704) 366-7600.

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Healthcare - No matter where you live, you’ll find high-quality healthcare facilities nearby that offer everything from primary to emergency care.

Charlotte Area Healthcare Facilities:
  • Carolinas Medical Center – (704) 355-2000 / (704) 355-4084
  • Lake Norman Regional Medical Center – (704) 663-1113 / (704) 662-3755
  • Mercy Hospital – (704) 379-5000 / (704) 379-6045
  • Mercy Hospital South – (704) 543-2000 / (704) 379-6045
  • NorthEast Medical Center – (704) 783-3000 / (704) 783-1231
  • Presbyterian Hospital – (704) 384-4001 / (704) 384-4295
  • Presbyterian Hospital Matthews – (704) 384-6370 / (704) 384-6515
  • University Hospital – (704) 568-6000 / (704) 355-4084

Healthcare Referral Services:

  • CareConnection – (704) 384-4111
  • Charlotte Dental Society – (704) 376-0847
  • Mecklenburg County Medical Society – (704) 376-3688
  • United Way Hotline – (704) 377-1100

History – Although settled by the Scotch Irish in the 1740s, the Charlotte area also felt the strong influence of German colonists who came south about the same time. In fact, the city owes its name to German born Queen Charlotte, wife of England’s King George III, and the county to her birthplace of Mecklenburg. That’s also why Charlotte is referred to as the “Queen City” and why the new NationsBank building has a crown architecturally incorporated in its design.

From its modest beginnings as a small village, Charlotte abruptly attained city status with America’s first discovery of gold in 1799. It was also the first small step in establishing the city as a financial center. Charlotte quickly became the gold mining capital of the country until the California Gold Rush fifty years later. It was about that time that the cotton industry moved south from New England. By 1903, the Charlotte area was clearly defined as a textile leader.

But the real driving force propelling business activities was the arrival of the railroad. Today, Charlotte is a major distribution hub and is at the center of the largest consolidated rail system in the U.S.

Charlotte is the center of the nation’s fifth largest urban region. Charlotte, with a population of 520,317, is the largest city within the region. Of the major distribution centers in the southeast, Charlotte and Atlanta have the most people living within a 100-mile radius.

As a result, Charlotte has emerged in this new millennium as a financial, distribution and transportation center for the entire urban region. In addition, Charlotte has developed into a major wholesale center with the highest per capita sales in the United States.

Hotels – Make your reservations with one of our Hotel Partners to visit the Charlotte area.

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International Resources – International House at (704) 333-8099 provides Charlotte’s international residents with available services that meet the needs of our diverse cultural community.

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Jobs – The City of Charlotte maintains a telephone job line at (704) 336-3968 with updated information on openings in the City Government. The Main Library at (704) 336-2725, the JobLink Career Center , and the Charlotte NC Observer CareerPath also have information on job openings in the Charlotte area.

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King George III – In 1768, Charlotte was named in honor of the wife of King George III of England, Queen Charlotte from Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany. But on May 20, 1775, Thomas Polk declared Mecklenburg free from English rule with the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Cornwallis later condemned Mecklenburg County as a “Hornets’ Nest” of anti-British hostility.

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Libraries - Get complete information on the Mecklenburg County Library network website or call the Main Library at (704) 336-2725.

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Medical Care – The Mecklenburg Medical Society at (704) 376-3688 can refer you to member physicians who are taking new patients.

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Neighborhood Watch – The surest way to deter neighborhood crime is an ongoing Neighborhood Watch program. Call (704) 336-2310 to start one in your neighborhood.

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Old Settlers’ Cemetery – Owned by the city from the 1700′s and located behind the First Presbyterian Church at 5th St. and Poplar, Old Settlers Cemetery is the resting place of our early settlers including Revolutionary War hero Thomas Polk, and many Civil War veterans.

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Population (1999 – 2000) -

Date Charlotte Mecklenburg County Greater Charlotte – MSA
1999 512,628 644,338 1,399,126
2000 520,317 661,091 1,429,906

U.S. Population Rank is 25 for the City of Charlotte and 41 for MSA. Source: Census Bureau

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Queen City – Named for Queen Charlotte in 1768, the economic history of the Queen City was founded in textiles, transportation, and commerce, symbolically represented by three of the four sculptures at “The Square”, the intersection of Trade and Tryon in the center city. The fourth sculpture represents The Future. Charlotte also ranks as the nation’s 2nd largest banking center and 6th largest wholesale trade center.

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to visit the Charlotte area. And finally, change your address with the USPS at MoversGuide.

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Schools – Visit NC ABC’s Report to compare ABC End-of-Grade student test scores for Charlotte area Elementary, Middle and High schools. For an information packet on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, call their Public Information Center at (980) 343-3000. Call Pupil Assignment at (980) 343-5335 with your address or visit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to confirm what school your children will attend. Private School Information is available from the Division of Non-Public School Information or by calling (919) 733-4276. Call (919) 715-1730 for information on Charter Schools. For an information packet on the Mecklenburg Area Catholic School System, call 704-370-3273. Visit SC Schools for York County School information.

Charlotte area Colleges and Universities offer traditional, non-traditional, and continuing education programs.

Charlotte Area Colleges and Universities:

Senior Resources – Call Ageline at (704) 522-8899 for free referral services for older adults. For information about recreation, health and wellness programs, and employment opportunities for seniors, call Senior Services at (704) 522-6222. SeniorOutlook.com and Retirenet.com provide information on a wide range of retirement communities in the Charlotte area. Centralina Area Agency on Aging publishes a Consumer’s Guide to Housing and Long-Term Care – (704) 348-2715 or (800) 508-5777.

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Taxes – Get up-to-date Charlotte-Mecklenburg or York County area property tax information. An additional Municipal Service Districts tax applies to residents who live in the center city and own real property. Call (704) 336-6879 for the property tax rates outside Charlotte city limits. For more information contact the City-County Tax Office – (704) 336-4600.

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Utilities -

Charlotte
  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water/Sewer/Trash: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Concord

  • Electricity: City of Concord – (704) 786-6161
  • Water/Sewer: City of Concord – (704) 786-6161
  • Gas: Public Service Co. of North Carolina – 1-877-776-2427
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: City of Concord – (704) 786-0370
  • Cable: Time Warner – (704) 377-9600

Cornelius

  • Electricity: ElectriCities (east of I77) – (704) 948-0550 or
    Duke Energy (west of I77) – (800) 777-9898 or EnergyUnited – (704) 892-0278
  • Water/Sewer: Town of Cornelius – 704-336-2564
  • Gas: Public Service Co. of North Carolina – 1-877-776-2427 or Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: Waste Management – 1-800-927-8362
  • Cable: Adelphia Cable 888-683-1000

Davidson

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water/Sewer: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Public Service Co. of North Carolina – 1-877-776-2427
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: Chambers Container Company – (704) 596-6930
  • Cable: Adelphia Cable 888-683-1000

Huntersville

  • Electricity: ElectriCities (east of I77) – (704) 948-0550 or
    Duke Energy (west of I77) – (800) 777-9898 or EnergyUnited – (704) 892-0278
  • Water/Sewer: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: Town of Huntersville – 704-875-6541
  • Cable: Time Warner – (704) 377-9600 or Adelphia Cable 888-683-1000

Indian Trail, Stallings

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water/Sewer: Union County Public Works – (704) 296-4210
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: ABCO Rubbish Removal and Demolition – (704) 756-8651
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Lake Wylie

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water/Sewer: Carolina Water & Sewer – (704)-525-7990
  • Gas: York Natural Gas Authority – (803) 222-7218
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: Harris Waste Management Group – (803) 831-5442
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Matthews

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898 or Union Electric – (704) 289-3145
  • Water/Sewer: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: Action Garbage Service – (704) 821-7578
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Mint Hill

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898 or Union Electric – (704) 289-3145
  • Water/Sewer: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: Residential Collection Service – (704) 376-9359
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Mooresville

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water: Town of Mooresville – (704) 663-3800
  • Gas: Public Service Co. of North Carolina – 1-877-776-2427
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: Town of Mooresville – (704) 664-4278
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Monroe

  • Electricity: City of Monroe – (704) 282-4609
  • Water: City of Monroe – (704) 282-4609
  • Gas: City of Monroe – (704) 282-4609
  • Phone: Verizon – (800) 483-4000
  • Trash: Trinity Waste Systems (704) 291-7872 – (704) 394-1353
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Mount Holly

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898
  • Water: City of Mount Holly – (704) 827-3931
  • Gas: PSNC – (877) 776-2427
  • Phone: BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: City of Mount Holly – (704) 827-3931
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (877) 566-4892

Pineville

  • Electricity: Town of Pineville – (704) 889-2291
  • Water/Sewer: City of Charlotte – (704) 336-7600
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: Town of Pineville – (704) 889-2001 or BellSouth – (888) 757-6500
  • Trash: BFI of Charlotte – (704) 394-1353
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Waxhaw

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898 or Union Electric – (704) 289-3145
  • Water/Sewer: Union County Public Works – (704) 296-4210
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: Action Garbage – (704) 821-7578
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

Weddington

  • Electricity: Duke Energy – (800) 777-9898 or Union Electric – (704) 289-3145
  • Water/Sewer: Union County Public Works – (704) 296-4210
  • Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas – (704) 525-3882
  • Phone: Windstream – (704) 847-9055
  • Trash: Action Garbage – (704) 821-7578
  • Cable: Time Warner Cable – (704) 377-9600

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Voter Registration – To register, you must be 18 years old, and a resident of NC for 30 days before an election. Register at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, 741 Kenilworth Ave, (704) 336-2133, or any branch of the public library.

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Weather – The average year-around temperature is 62 degrees with average summer highs in the mid-80′s and average winter highs in the low 50′s.

Weather for Charlotte
Today Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on April 20, 2014
Partly Cloudy
70°/45°
It is forcast to be Clear at 11:00 PM EDT on April 21, 2014
Clear
73°/52°
It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on April 22, 2014
Thunderstorm
77°/52°
It is forcast to be Clear at 11:00 PM EDT on April 23, 2014
Clear
72°/45°
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on April 24, 2014
Partly Cloudy
77°/57°
It is forcast to be Chance of a Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on April 25, 2014
Chance of a Thunderstorm
84°/57°

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eXpressway – Also known as the outerbelt, I-485′s 63 mile route will encircle Charlotte, and the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2010. Call (704) 336-3917 for earlier completion dates on specific interchanges.

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Yesterday – In the 1750′s, Thomas Polk led a group of Scots-lrish Presbyterians from Pennsylvania down the old Trading Path to settle at the old Indian crossroads of what is now the intersection of Trade and Tryon in the center city.

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Zoning – Want to start a business in your home? Call zoning first at (704) 336-3569 to make sure you can operate your business inside residential zoning.