If you are an outgoing, positive, can-do type of person, I think you'll love calling Charlotte home.
Relocating families might tell you that they love the growing job market, low cost of living and four-season climate, or the range of neighborhoods from urban to rural, good public and private schools and universities.
Members of Charlotte's burgeoning creative class may tell you that they love the funky in-town neighborhoods like No-Da, live music venues like the Music Factory, Neighborhood Theater and the Double Door, our proximity to mountains and beaches and access to an amazing array of outdoor activities.
Retirees might mention our abundant churches, the highly-respected health care system, Charlotte's many museums and cultural opportunities, as well as one of the nation's best airports to get their grandchildren here for a visit.
Business owners would probably mention Charlotte's well-educated, productive workforce, our resilient, diversified economy, good transportation system, and our active Chamber of Commerce that helps integrate them into the Charlotte business scene.
All good reasons to be sure. As a native whose family has been here since 1751, my thoughts on why Charlotte is a great place to live may differ from the newcomer's. I love Charlotte for its people. The area was first settled by forward-thinking, optimistic, hard-working and welcoming folk. Religious and highly independent people with a charitable bent shaped this town and region. Their fingerprints remain on our collective souls.