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Charlotte, North Carolina's population is booming. People are flocking there for the weather, low cost of living, the economy, and the culture. Check out these popular neighborhoods in the Charlotte area before you decide where to settle down.


Also known as "Uptown," Charlotte's Center City is the city's hub of business, culture, sports, and nightlife. Park your car and walk to a Panthers game, a Hornets game, or even catch a Charlotte Knights baseball game in the summer months. Use your AAA discount to receive 10% off in-store purchases at the Charlotte Knights Team Store. Culture runs the gamut in Center City, from Broadway-style shows at the Blumenthal Performing Arts venues to opera at Opera Carolina and even the Charlotte Ballet.


Located on the edge of Center City, Historic South End was initially developed as a manufacturing community in the 1850s, giving it a unique industrial charm. South End has become popular for young professionals due to its vibrant social scene, thriving retail, and tons of year-round community events. Explore South End's Gallery Crawl on the first Friday of every month, where you can visit the neighborhood's many galleries and special exhibitions as well as enjoy live music and refreshments. 


If you want a traditional Southern feel in a stately neighborhood, head to Myers Park. Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood is widely considered the most affluent area in the city with its notable architecture and majestic tree-lined streets. Myers Park holds statewide historical significance for housing many of the textile, banking, and utility leaders who developed the Piedmont into a major manufacturing region in the early twentieth century. 


Adjacent to Myer's Park, you will find Dilworth, Charlotte's first streetcar suburb established in 1890. Dilworth has some of the stately houses you might find in Myers Park but also has lots of bungalows as well as restaurants, offices, shops, and the city's largest hospital, Carolinas Medical Center. Head to East Boulevard in Dilworth for trendy eateries and boutiques, mostly located in renovated historic homes. 


Cotswold is an up-and-coming area not far from Center City with lots of 1950s and 1960s renovated ranch homes. This neighborhood is one of the most desired addresses in Charlotte with its top-rated schools and strong sense of community. Cotswold was home to Charlotte's first suburban mall, Cotswold Mall, now known as Cotswold Village Shops. 


If your tastes veer toward funky, artsy, and unconventional, head to NoDa & Plaza Midwood to experience Charlotte's coolest neighborhoods. NoDa & Plaza Midwood offer a walkable lifestyle with access to countless eateries, art galleries, and live music venues. Located a short distance from Center City, NoDa was initially developed in the 1920s as a mill workers' village near Highland Park Mill and Mecklenburg Mill. 


South Park takes its name from Charlotte's luxury mall with retailers like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and more. In addition to fantastic shopping, South Park is also a residential area with one of the biggest business districts in the area. With shopping galore, countless restaurant options, and tree-lined streets, South Park is close to it all. 


Elizabeth & Chantilly is just a stone's throw from Center City on the streetcar line, but you wouldn't know it from the quiet atmosphere and shaded sidewalks. Filled with adorable cottages, local restaurants, and bars, Elizabeth & Chantilly showcase Charlotte's history but with a new urban vibe. Check out Independence Park, the first public park in the Charlotte area, which opened in 1907 and features 19 acres of sports fields, picnic shelters, and walking trails. 


Named the University Area because of its proximity to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University locale combines collegiate innovation with affordable housing and open outdoor space. The University Area is home to the University Research Park, one of the largest research parks in North Carolina, as well as PNC Music Pavilion, a 19,000-seat outdoor arena. While you are there, make sure to visit the Carolinas' only IKEA store, which is the world's biggest furniture retailer offering ready-to-assemble furniture, home accessories, and appliances. 


Consistently named one of the best places to live in the greater Charlotte area, Davidson, North Carolina sits north of Charlotte in the Lake Norman community. Walk the quaint downtown main street with its award-winning restaurants, local retailers, and proximity to Davidson College. Davidson's tree-shaded campus features classically designed buildings and influences local culture, setting it apart from adjacent communities. 


If you want space to get away from it all but still enjoy all of the modern amenities, head to Matthews, North Carolina. Matthews is convenient to Center City, but still boasts top-shelf eateries, shopping, and culture. Visit Four Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews for well-maintained paved paths perfect for walking, biking with the family, and even roller blading. 


Home to NASCAR and the mega mall Concord Mills, Concord, North Carolina, is growing rapidly and for good reason. The cost of living is low, the schools are great, and you can live the small-town North Carolina life right outside of Charlotte. If you like antique shopping, head to downtown Concord for a vast selection of first-rate collectibles plus arts and crafts. If outlet shopping is your thing, head to Concord Mills, the Carolinas' biggest outlet mall. Concord Mills has just announced plans for a makeover this year with 7 new stores and restaurants, a redesigned food court area, four new lounge areas, new interior design features, and enhanced Wi-Fi throughout the mall. 


Over the border in South Carolina, you will find Fort Mill, a fast-growing community known for its small-town values and strong local community. Fort Mill boasts a quaint historic downtown, an extensive natural greenway, and the mammoth Carowinds Amusement Park. If you want lake living, Fort Mill may be the place for you, with access to Lake Wylie's over 325 miles of shoreline and fishing. 


Tega Cay, South Carolina is located on a peninsula on Lake Wylie, 20 miles south of Charlotte's Center City. Tega Cay is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, walking trails, and 4 city-owned parks, including waterfront amenities. The name Tega Cay is Polynesian for "Beautiful Peninsula," and for good reason; Tega Cay's densely forested terrain is home to many species of pines, hardwoods, and indigenous wildlife. 

Let AAA make your move as stress-free as possible. From moving truck discounts on Penske, where members save 12% off one way and local truck rentals when reserving online or by phone, to making sure you have the right homeowners insurance and even transferring your AAA membership, we can help. AAA has 10 Car Care Locations in and around Charlotte, with 2 more scheduled to open this year, so finding a local trusted mechanic will be a breeze. Moving is the ideal to time to check out our Deluxe Home Protection options, covering you for things your traditional insurance may not cover, like home warranties, home security, flood insurance, and even disaster mortgage insurance.

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