Best Cities 2010: Charlotte, NC

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Best Cities 2010: Charlotte, NC

Known as the Tar Heel State, Charlotte is home to one of the best education programs in the country, including 8 Blue Ribbon schools.

City: Charlotte

State: North Carolina

Best Cities Overall Rank: 36

About Charlotte: Charlotte is also known as the Tar Heel State.

Charlotte is home to some of the finest schools, including 8 Blue Ribbon schools in 2003 to 2009, and also offers a pupil-teacher ratio of 14:3.

County: Mecklenburg

Population: 687,456

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte blogs: Charlotte Smarty Pants, The Charlotte Observer Moms

Charlotte‘s Facebook page: Follow Charlotte on Facebook 

Charlotte‘s Twitter page: Follow Charlotte on Twitter 


Education rank: 5

High School graduation rate 2007: 73.79%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 8

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.16

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 16

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.33

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,452


Health rank: 55

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.29

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.73

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 3.67


Safety rank: 48

Violent Crimes, 2008: 7070

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1028.43

Sex Offenders: 581

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 84.51


Economy rank: 55

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 24.19      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.8    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 708.54

Median Home Sale Price: $164,700                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.33%          

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 22.09%


Recreation Rank:  12

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 17,982       

Parkland per 100,000: 2615.73