Is Charlotte One of the Best Big Cities?

It should come as no surprise that Charlotte is on yet another ‘Best Of’ list. It seems that when it comes to listicles featuring the best places to live, work, eat, or where your dollar goes further, Charlotte is on that list. Such is the case with the latest WalletHub study highlighting the best large U.S. cities.

To quote their report, WalletHub said, “each major U.S. city has a unique set of issues, to go along with its own character and charm. However, some big cities tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others.”

Those strengths were then looked at across five major categories. Criteria such as affordability, economy, education, and health were weighed over the 62 largest cities in the country. The overall quality of life was an overarching factor, as well as safety.

Separate “indicators of attractiveness” were also looked at. These included property taxes, quality of public schools, job opportunities, and life expectancy. All of this information brewed together in a pot and produced the 40 best large cities with more than 300,000 people. 

Where does Charlotte rank? 

Coming in fairly middle of the road is our own Queen City. Nabbing the #22 ranking, Charlotte has an overall rating of 56.79. We are sandwiched between #23 Chicago, IL and #21 Aurora, CO. The top three spots go to #3 Seattle, WA, #2 Austin, TX, and #1 Virginia Beach, VA.

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