Our moderate climate is characterized by mild winters, long pleasant periods of spring and fall, and warm summers. Four comfortable seasons provide the ability to be outdoors year round and ease of property management.
Centrally located on the East Coast
3. Diversity of Topography
The Carolinas are renowned for its natural resources and diverse geography. Residents and visitors enjoy iconic mountains such as the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains on the western end of the state, bustling city skylines in the middle region known as the Piedmont, and hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches on the coast.
4. Air and Highway Travel
As of 2015, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was the 6th busiest airport in the United States, ranked both by passenger traffic and aircraft movements. North Carolina boasts the second-largest state-owned highway system in the nation, comprised of more than 90,000 miles of road. What’s more, the state’s central East Coast location offers easy access to some of the country’s most important transportation corridors.
Major controlled-access arteries include:
- I-95, the major East Coast interstate linking New England to Florida
- I-85, running from North Carolina through the manufacturing heart of the Southeast
- I-40, spanning the country coast-to-coast from North Carolina to California
- I-77, North-South corridor connecting the Ohio Valley region and the Carolinas
5. World-class Healthcare
Some of the country’s top medical facilities as well as affordable health care costs are found in the Carolinas. Four respected medical schools produce leading medical professionals that serve patients across the region and nation. In addition to the state’s largest hospitals, including Carolinas Medical Center, there are more than 100 community hospitals in North Carolina.
North Carolina leads the country in the number of National Board Certified teachers and has cultivated increasingly accountable public schools in which students are performing above national averages. The state ranks among the top four states nationally for pre-kindergarten quality standards, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. And when students move on to higher education, they’re able to choose from 16 public universities, 36 private colleges and universities, and the third largest community college system in the U.S.
7. Employment Opportunities
North Carolina consistently ranks among the best business climates in the U.S., having ranked as one of Forbes’ top 5 Best States for Business for 10 consecutive years. The state’s success is fueled by a competitive tax climate, low business costs, a favorable legal and regulatory environment and the availability of skilled labor.system in the U.S.
8. Cost of Living
There’s no reason to pay a premium price for the privilege of living well, and in North Carolina you’ll discover a cost of living that’s below the national average while ranking high in personal satisfaction. Charlotte and several other cities offer some of the most favorable scores on the Council for Community and Economic Research’s acclaimed cost of living index. Housing, utilities, groceries, transportation and health care all cost below the national average.
9. Arts and Cultural
Award-winning symphonies, museums, summer theaters and fall festivals abound throughout North Carolina. A nationally recognized zoo and fine system of aquariums provide wildlife education and family fun. Along with celebrated Native American and Civil War roots, we also commemorate the Wright Brothers’ first moments of flight. And while the state’s robust culture of more than 100 wineries is known nationwide, our fast-growing number of craft breweries – with its spirited scene – is the largest in the South.
10. Outdoor Activities Leisure and Sports
Here, you can play legendary golf courses, such as Pinehurst No. 2, and enjoy beaches, mountains, and national and state parks for boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and skiing.
11. Professional and College Sports
Watch professional sports teams — the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Hurricanes and NASCAR — compete on the biggest stages, or get up close and personal with incredible college rivalries,
12. Southern Hospitality
The term “Southern Hospitality” is attributed to author John Abbott. In 1835 he wrote of his travels through the South as a series of encounters with strangers who went out of their way to make him feel at home. When John Abbott first described Southern hospitality, he also alluded to the fact that a Southerner’s extension of hospitality was made in expectation of reciprocal respect and congeniality.
The custom and tradition of Southern hospitality surely evolved out of the South’s rural roots. The New South has moved beyond its agrarian roots and the population is now a great blend of people from all parts of the country, and world, but the tradition of hardily welcoming visitors remains.
Food figures highly in Southern hospitality, which brings us to the last of our Baker’s Dozen reasons to move to the Carolinas…
13. BBQ & Sweet Tea
It’s prepared in all corners of the South and even with ongoing controversy over meat and sauce, no one questions the popularity of BBQ. Each Southern locale has its own variety of barbecue, particularly sauces. North Carolina sauces vary by region; eastern North Carolina uses a vinegar-based sauce, the center of the state uses Lexington-style barbecue, with a combination of ketchup and vinegar as their base, and western North Carolina uses a heavier ketchup base. Lexington calls itself “The Barbecue Capital of the World”; it has more than one BBQ restaurant per 1,000 residents. South Carolina is the only state that traditionally includes all four recognized barbecue sauces, including mustard-based, vinegar-based, and light and heavy tomato-based sauces. Sweet Tea is unquestionably the house drink of the South and compliments all foods and all meals.