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An Expat Talks about Living in Charlotte, North Carolina

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Charlotte

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Junior League of Charlotte (women only), Charlotte Sport and Social Club.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Charlotte is very diverse in many ways. Lots of different religions abound, even though it is considered the "Bible Belt", not one stands out. There is a mix of people who grew up in the South and transplants, which contributes to the diversity of the city, and makes people pretty open to differences.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Banking. Most people use recruiters to find jobs.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Charlotte is very family focused, lots of thirty-somethings raising kids. Lots of family stuff to do, YMCAs are very popular and provide great facilities.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Charlotte is a difficult city to move to as a single person because of the family focus. It is really spread out and public transportation is lacking, so a car is a must.

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