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Apartment Living in North Carolina
Just shy of being in the top 10 lists of the most populated states in the nation, North Carolina is the 11th largest state in the nation and is home to nearly 9 million residents. So needless to say, the "Tar Heel State" has a great selection of apartments to explore, especially in its three major cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro.
What attracts all these homeowners and apartment dwellers? It has to be the state's comfortable temperatures and varying topography from its coastal plains and Outer Banks to the Piedmont region and Appalachian Mountains. Apartment seekers enjoy living in a state where they can escape to different, exciting regions. Originally known as Carolina; North Carolina was named after King Charles I of England and was one of the original thirteen colonies. History buffs and treasure seekers love to explore this state's riches. The country's first silver mine was discovered in the state in Silver Hill Mine, which is about 10 miles from Lexington.
North Carolina's fertile soil is ideal to growing tobacco, soybeans, sweet potatoes, melons and cotton. The state is the number one provider of tobacco in America. There's a distinct variation of economic growth in North Carolina's areas with urban versus rural. Agriculture remains an important moneymaker for the coastal area while big business is booming in the metropolitan areas. The state has also earned a reputation for being in the movie and television business. Film studios can be found in Shelby, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.
Named after King George III of England's wife Charlotte, this city is the largest in the state with over half a million residents. What was first known for trading trails, Charlotte is still in the exchange business as one of the country's largest banking centers. This busy city is also the home to Duke University. Whether you are studying or calling it a day after work, you won't want to spend too much time in your apartment. You'll want to visit all of Charlotte's galleries, museums, restaurants and trendy stores. Try looking at apartments in the neighborhoods of South Park, University Park and Dilworth to start. With over a 100,000 apartments to choose from, rentals are quite reasonable and start at $550 for a one-bedroom.
Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, the second largest city in North Carolina is Raleigh, the state's capital. Raleigh is one of three cities that is part of "The Triangle," (Durham and Chapel Hill being the other two) which is home to several research and hi-tech companies. When looking for an apartment, you'll need to explore the city's five districts, Old Raleigh, North, South, East and West Raleigh. The state capitol building, museums and universities are located in the Old Raleigh district. The North district is largely made up of homes and apartment complexes, while North Carolina State University helps to make up West Raleigh. Apartments will vary from district to district with the lowest one-bedroom renting around $550.
Approximately 250,000 residents call Greensboro home. With over 1.5 million people in the greater Greensboro metropolitan area, Greensboro is located halfway between mountains and beaches making this a prime location for apartment seekers. With a strong job market, some of the city's employers include Honda Aircraft, Lorillard, the V. F. Corporation, FedEx, Bank of America, UPS and CitiCards. With a lower cost of living than the state's two larger cities, Greensboro has a nice selection of apartments varying in style. From old historic units to upscale lofts, this urban city is known for apartments with personality, with prices beginning at $650.