Moving from Minneapolis, MN to Charlotte, NC

So you’re thinking about moving from Minneapolis, MN to Charlotte, NC?

The differences between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Charlotte, North Carolina begin with their very different histories. Whereas Minneapolis was founded in 1867, the history of Charlotte predates the United States itself. In fact, it was named after the queen consort of Great Britain Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Because of this, it is often called the “Queen City.” It has a second nickname, as well, that it earned during the American Revolution. British commander General Cornwallis viewed the city as a “hornet’s nest of rebellion,” a title that Charlotteans found to be an honor. As a result, it is often called “The Hornet’s Nest.” But beyond its history, there are many reasons to recommend living in Charlotte, NC…let’s explore.

What is the weather like in Charlotte?

One of the primary reasons to live in Charlotte can be found in the average amount of snowfall that occurs annually. Charlotte has a reasonable 4.3 inches of snow every year, while Minneapolis has a staggering 54.4 inches. It would be impossible to survive in Minneapolis without a snow shovel, or perhaps even a snowmobile. Charlotte, meanwhile, just gives you a reasonable taste of winter, along with giving three other distinct seasons. Summers are warm and invigorating, while fall and spring are cooler and generally pleasant. There is a healthy amount of rain that falls every year, with over 40 inches of precipitation reaching the city on an annual basis. Despite the frequent rain, there are also a significant number of clear, sunny days, and certainly more sunshine than Minneapolis ever sees.

Are the schools in Charlotte good?

The NAEP has honored Charlotte’s pubic school system for its excellence in many different primary and secondary subjects. It is the 20th largest school system in the nation and teaching over 130,000 students across 161 different campuses. The area is also well-known for several great colleges and university. Perhaps the most recognized of these is Davidson College, which is ranked as one of the top liberal arts universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Queens University of Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Johnson & Wales University are some of the high education options found in the city. UNC Charlotte is noted for being the fastest-growing school in North Carolina’s state system with over 25,000 students enrolled.

Charlotte also has a large public library in the form of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The library houses more 1.5 million books, CDs and DVDs across its 15 locations, along with five satellite locations in neighboring towns. One library card will gain a person access to all 20 venues.

Sports in Charlotte

Sports fans will have no shortage of activities when moving from Minneapolis to Charlotte. With reasonable weather, it is also far more pleasant to attend games, as well. Currently there are eight professional teams in the city. The National Football League has the Carolina Panthers in the city, while the recently-rechristened Charlotte Hornets are the town’s National Basketball Association team. For fans of ice hockey, the Charlotte Checkers play in the Time Warner Cable Arena, while there are also three different soccer teams in Charlotte. The Eagles and Lady Eagles make up the primary men’s and women’s teams, and the Charlotte Independence will begin play in 2015. Unique to the city, there is also a professional lacrosse team with the Charlotte Hounds.

What kind of economy does Charlotte have?

Charlotte is one of the major financial centers of the United States, and it has recently taken on the title as the second largest banking center in the US. Bank of America is based in the city, and Wells Fargo also has its East Coast base in the town. There are many Fortune 500 companies to be found in Charlotte, including Duke Energy, Nucor, Lowe’s, Family Dollar and Sonic Automotive. Other businesses that can be found in the city include Food Lion, Chiquita Brands International, U.S. Airways, Bojangles’ and Compass Group USA.

The second largest bottling plant for Coca-Cola is in Charlotte, and there are also many offices housed in the city for NASCAR. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is nearby in Concord, as is the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Forbes Magazine called Charlotte one of the Best Places for Business and Careers, and it has also been listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Ready to move to Charlotte, NC?

If your answer is “Yes!” then U-Pack® is ready to help you move there. As a “you pack, we drive” moving company, U-Pack will do all the driving from Minneapolis to Charlotte – you just pack and load. It’s the easy way to move all your stuff to Charlotte without driving a rental truck. And the best part is that U-Pack prices are comparable to truck rental.

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Welcome to your new home, Charlotte!

With a booming economy, plenty to do and great educational systems, there’s no reason that Charlotte shouldn’t be your new home! Pack your bags and leave the cold of Minneapolis behind!