The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has good info on the Charlotte area (see link). With about 2.3 million people in the 16 county 3200 sq mile Greater Charlotte region, we are among the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the US. There is good bus transportation in the areas closest to Uptown Charlotte, a trolley bus uptown, and one light rail line segment. Wiki has some good info and links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia,_NC-
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I am originally from Connecticut and went to school in Pennsylvania. I spent a lot of time in New York City and know the poconos well since did a lot of skiing there as well. What I can tell you is that Charlotte is similar to a lot of the larger cities and yet drastically different at the same time.
Like Philly and New York Charlotte has pockets of things to do and suburbs. We are a large city and broken up into different sections so to speak. Oddly down here people tend not to go out of their area to often... But each area has a different type of lifestyle and way of living which is what makes Charlotte so unique.
The major drawback I found in the Charlotte area was the public transportation. Or lack of it. They have bus routes and a decent amount of buses running in Charlotte. There is a light rail (comparable to above ground subway). But it only opened a few years ago and currently runs up and down a seven or eight mile stretch of road and that is it...So very limited in it's access and use. They are working on an expansion for it as well right now....
However; coming from the North I expected a large city to have an infrastructure in place already with mass transit. Charlotte grew faster than they could build it...But they are catching up and it I is a beautiful city that is thriving. There is so much to do in Charlotte form arts, theater, nightlife, sports, and restaurants. Charlotte offers the same things as a New York or Philly on a slightly smaller more manageable scale
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