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Nestled just south of Charlotte, Matthews is a quaint Southern small town offering residents a very high quality of life. The city has maintained a charming old-time appeal, while the modern conveniences of nearby Charlotte give residents the best of both worlds. The city has less than 28,000 residents, forming a close-knit community of neighbors who really care about one another. With safe streets and an innovative environment, the city is an ideal place to raise a family, making Matthews apartments for rent very popular.
Matthews’ rich woodlands, trading trails and game-rich hunting grounds were first inhabited by the Waxhaw and Catawba Indians. European settlers moved into the area in the early 1800s and cleared the land to grow cotton, which became the primary cash crop in North Carolina. John Miles Fullwood was the area’s first postmaster in 1825 earning the city its first identity as Fullwood. After the Civil War, Fullwood evolved into a town as the cotton and timber industries fueled population growth and expansion. The city was an important stop on the Central Carolina Railroad connecting Charlotte and Monroe. Fullwood’s name was changed to Matthews in 1874 to honor the company’s director, Edward Watson Matthews.
The railroad awoke the sleepy little town, as farmers, merchants and residents could now connect and do business with the rest of the country. Cotton remained king into the 20th century when the advent of electricity allowed the industry to grow exponentially. Today, Matthews is home to 13 square miles of historical structures and modern downtown attractions. Whether downtown, in the Crestdale area or other local neighborhoods, Matthews apartments are sure to please.
Matthews is home to Wingate University and Central Piedmont Community College, with a number of other schools located in Charlotte and the surrounding towns. Winthrop University, Belmont Abbey College, Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University of Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte offer students an esteemed education in an enriching environment.
Matthews residents looking for employment are perfectly situated to work in one of Charlotte’s profitable industries. The city has become a major U.S. financial center as the home to the Bank of America Corporation, Nucor, Duke Energy, Goodrich, Sonic Automotive, and SPX, which all made the 2012 Fortune 500 list. Matthews itself is also a main distribution center for Family Dollar Stores, with the in-town center serving 200 stores in the southeast. Many other large companies have regional offices in the area as well, offering numerous job opportunities for Matthews residents who work all across the professional spectrum. Rent a Matthews apartment and take advantage of big business in the South.
The attractive Southern lifestyle brings many new residents to Matthews each year who enjoy the town’s reasonable rent prices. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the average apartment here costs $886 a month, which is $60 more than nearby Charlotte. Everyday life in Matthews is also very affordable. The city received a cost of living index of 93.9, which is less than the national average, leading many people who want to enjoy the perks of the big city to rent Matthews apartments.
Matthews is home to the Matthews Alive! Festival, which is a weekend-long celebration supporting local non-profit organizations through art, music and community involvement. The festival features arts and crafts, a parade, a food court, live entertainment and rides and games the whole family can enjoy. Matthews BeachFest is a local favorite in Stumptown Park, inviting local residents to gather for live beach music, rides, sand volleyball, sand sculptures, carnival rides and boardwalk-style food vendors.
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