There is lots of information out there online; the best advice I can give is to come and visit Charlotte. I believe that you will be glad you did. Our website has plenty of good links to visit - http://www.PropertiesofCharlotte.com Certainly if I can be of help in the future, do not hesitate to give me a call.
Debbie Arriero, Realtor, Broker
Arriero Realty, Inc.
P.O. Box 707
Matthews, NC 28106
The crime rate in Charlotte has declined significantly over the first quarter of 2009. The overall crime rate is down 26% from this point last year. Violent crime is down 31% from this point last year. Homicide is down 55% from this point last year. Property crime is down 25% from this point last year. Vehicle theft and thefts from vehicles are down 31%from this point last year. This is from first quarter data released by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept. on 4/7/2009. Here's a link from News 14 discussing this information: http://www.news14.com//Default.aspx?ArID=607448
I've also pasted some links at the bottom of my answer that you all might find helpful. One is US cities ranked by crime rate based on statistics compiled by the FBI, which shows Charlotte ranked #62. Another is a great link from Sperling's Best Places which allows you to put in 2 cities and compare their crime states side-by-side. If you are still concerned about the crime rate in Charlotte and are still interested in moving to Charlotte, I would encourage you to consider the suburban communities around Charlotte. Cabarrus County, Union County, and the Mooresville, NC area are all great places to live. They have lower property taxes, good school districts and lower crime rates than the City of Charlotte.
If i can anwer any more of your questions or be of assistance to you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me. Please check out the links below.
http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/CityCrime2008_Rank_Rev.pdf (2008 City Crime Ratings by the Congressional Quarterly Press using data provided by the FBI. Charlotte ranked #62)
http://maps.cmpdweb.org/ (Run by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept. Allows you to put in any address in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County and see what crimes occured within a specified radius of the address over a specified time period)
http://www.bestplaces.net/crime/ (allows you to compare crime rates between any two cities, such as charlotte and where you are no)
http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Charlotte-Meckl (Charlotte crime stats and comparision of Charlotte crime stats with the national averages)
I don't have any statistics to rely on comparing Charlotte to other cities, but somehow it has been my experience that wherever I live has the "highest crime rate in the country." When I grew up near Richmond, VA, it had the highest crime rate. When I lived in NYC, it had the highest rate. Funny, the same thing happened when I lived in New Orleans. Speaking only from my own experience, I feel safer in Charlotte than I did in any of those cities. Like any other city, it has neighborhoods that you wouldn't want to go into at night. And like most people today, I have an alarm system on my home. But I have never had it go off.
I think your best bet is to visit Charlotte and tour the neighborhoods - determine where you think you would feel comfortable, including knocking on doors and talking to neighbors. Charlotte residents are very friendly, welcoming and helpful, and I'm sure they would be happy to tell you of their experience. As for the suggestion that you live in Union County, Union is beautiful and has some fine homes and neighborhoods, and the tax rates are lower than you will find in Mecklenburg. The downside is the longer commute (including traffic that is growing steadily worse).
Please do not hesitate to call me if there are any other questions that I can help with.
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