So are we miserable living in and around Charlotte? Forbes released their “America’s Most Miserable Cities report” report. They and other consultants looked at the largest 150 cities and scored the cities by using 6 “misery measures” which are unemployment, personal tax rates, commute times, weather, crime, and that toxic waste dump in your backyard. Charlotte, according to Forbes was surprisingly ranked 9th most miserable. One of the stated reasons was Charlotte has been experiencing a high growth rate (32%) over the last decade.
I disagree with this report. I moved to the area 3 years ago and find the area great to live and work in. Now it may depend on where you live in the Charlotte area and your past experiences.
I moved from Houston. So when locals complain about bad traffic I laugh. But again it is all relative to where you came from and your past experiences. I suppose if you were born and raised in Charlotte it maybe overwhelming. Most of my friends and neighbors are transplants from the northeast or west. All relocated to this neck of the woods because it is better.
One more point swaying my opinion. I actually live in the Tega Cay or Fort Mill SC area which is approx 8 miles south of Charlotte NC. Fort Mill still has the small town feel. Fort Mill is just far enough away from Charlotte to miss the big city bad experiences but close enough to enjoy the good things Charlotte (a bigger city) offers. One last point, taxes are too high anywhere you live!