Ranked the no. 5 best affordable U.S. suburb by MSN, Huntersville, N.C., is home to a rapidly-growing population of more than 46,700 people. Huntersville's population is growing so rapidly that it actually increased by close to 90 percent between 2000 and 2010. Located about 15 miles north of Charlotte, Huntersville provides residents with a fresh and new standard of suburban living just a quick drive from the big city.
Huntersville's population isn't the only thing that has grown in recent years: The city's business district is home to numerous regional employers and corporations. The city, along with other Mecklenburg County cities, created the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation to attract new employers to the area. As a result, Huntersville's economy and population have continued to grow and evolve throughout the past decade. Those searching for Huntersville apartments for rent will enjoy the city's forward-moving mentality and suburban convenience.
Huntersville's family-oriented vibe is reinforced by its high quality of life and state-of-the-art parks and recreation department. The city's 18 parks include 17 soccer fields, 10 playgrounds, 21 baseball diamonds, 13 tennis courts, seven outdoor basketball courts, five gymnasiums, two civic buildings and an 18-hole golf course. The department also offers more than 190 programs and special events for residents of all ages.
Residents also make use of the city's attractive shopping districts, many of which promote mixed-use development. Birkdale Village offers places to shop, work, live and dine, and it hosts numerous concerts and events in its green space. Those who prefer big-box shopping often frequent Northcross Shopping Center for all their retail and dining needs.
Although Huntersville is not home to any major college or university, numerous institutes of higher learning are located within commutable distance of the city. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College are located just 15 miles away in Charlotte.
The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation has brought numerous employers to the Huntersville region. Some of the top employers in the city are Rubbermaid, Irwin Industrial Tools, Presbyterian Hospital, Max Daetwyler Corporation, Siegling America, Americredit and American Tire Distributors. The city is a suburban community, so most residents commute to nearby Charlotte for work. In fact, the city's population declines by about 17 percent on workdays due to commuting.
According to City-Data, the cost of living index in Huntersville is 93.3, which is almost 7 percent less than the U.S. average. Those searching for Huntersville rentals will want to search for an apartment in advance, as only 22 percent of homes are renter-occupied units. Residents will also want to consider gasoline costs when planning their monthly budgets, as the city is considered car-dependent by Walkscore.com. The median gross rent in the city is $901 per month.
Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, offers its shores to the cities of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. The lake offers 520 miles of shoreline and year-round water sports and lake entertainment. Numerous Huntersville shops and restaurants are located within a short distance of this lakeside retreat.
Huntersville is also home to the Carolina Raptor Center. This environmental center dedicates itself to helping with conservation and preservation issues surrounding native birds of prey. Bird lovers and natural history buffs visit the site to interact with its numerous rare species and enjoyable zoo-like nature trail.
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