My husband and I are very interested in moving to the charlotte area, one of our biggest concerns is the crime

Asked by Tracy Cerasani, Charlotte, NC Wed Apr 29, 2009

We have done extensive research on many locations and to be honest the only thing that is really keeping us from moving there tomorrow is the crime rate. According to all the research we have done we have seen the crime rate as high as #1 city to #6 city in the country. Please reassure us it isn't so? Thank you..

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Debbie and S…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Wed May 6, 2009
We came to the Charlotte area from the Washington DC area 20 years ago - at that time, Washington was not the place to be in. Certainly we have seen the population increase in the Charlotte area in the last 20 years - however, the crime rate is all relative to where you have come from. This was nothing to us after living in the DC area. As in any area, anywhere in the country, you have to be aware of your surroundings.

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 - 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
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Andy Yates, , 28207
Thu Apr 30, 2009

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:

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.


Andy Yates
(704) 467-0795 (2008 City Crime Ratings by the Congressional Quarterly Press using data provided by the FBI. Charlotte ranked #62) (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) (allows you to compare crime rates between any two cities, such as charlotte and where you are no)… (Charlotte crime stats and comparision of Charlotte crime stats with the national averages)
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Kathleen Pea…, , Charlotte, NC
Wed Apr 29, 2009

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.

Kathleen Pearson
Exit Realty South
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Voices Member, , 20194
Wed Apr 29, 2009
I can't reassure you but can give you another web address to check out - It will give you names and addresses of registered sex offenders and links to other family safety sites. Good luck!
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Dale Austin, Agent, Indian Trail, NC
Wed Apr 29, 2009
May I suggest Union County? It's the county that borders Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to the east. It's a bedroom community of Charlotte and a large portion of our residents commute to Charlotte to work each day. Downtown Charlotte is only about 45 minutes away from the center of Union County and most everywhere in Charlotte can be reached in 30-45 minutes. Locating on the Charlotte side of Union County will cut that driving time considerably. Research Union County and you will find out why so many people prefer to live here. I have a wealth of information on my website concerning both Charlotte and Union County. I think you'll see our crime is much lower than the larger metropolitan area of Charlotte. Check out my website at If I can answer any more questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
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