- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Are you trying to find a great place to retire? The perfect city to move to now that you’re a college graduate? Or a city in which to get a new start during mid-life? Here’s one idea: Charlotte, NC
What cities are best positioned to grow and prosper in the coming decade? Forbes and the Praxis Strategy Group did a study to determine the The Next Big Boom Towns In The U.S
. and found Charlotte number 8
They started with job growth
, not only looking at performance over the past decade but also focusing on growth in the past two years
. That was one-third of the score. The other two-thirds were made up of demographic factors
, all weighted equally. These included rates of family formation, growth in educated migration, population growth and, finally, a broad measurement of attractiveness to immigrants — as places to settle, make money and start businesses.
They focused on these demographic factors because college-educated migrants
(who also tend to be under 30), new families and immigrants will be critical in shaping the future.
Two advantages this rising Southern city
, No. 8 Charlotte, N.C.
, possesses is a mild climate and smaller scale
. Even with population growth, it does not suffer the persistent transportation bottlenecks that strangle the older growth hubs. At the same time, this city is building the infrastructure
— roads, cultural institutions and airports — critical to future growth. Charlotte’s bustling airport may never be as big as Atlanta’s, but it serves both major national and international routes.
So if you are looking for a fresh start, look for an apartment in Charlotte, NC