Charlotte, NC

The third fastest growing city in the United States, Charlotte, North Carolina boasts moderate weather, low cost-of-living, and big city amenities. Charlotte is home to eight Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Lowe’s, Family Dollar, SPX Corporation, Sonic Automotive, and Domtar as well as professional sports teams including the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets. Yet for all of these education and professional opportunities, the area still rates below the national average for cost of living. In Charlotte, you’ll be able to live comfortably while enjoying big city living at the same time.

When it comes to the beauty of nature, Charlotte and its surroundings are tough to beat. Charlotte residents are blessed with all four seasons, yet mild winters with temperatures that rarely dip much below freezing. Two hours to the northeast lie the Blue Ridge Mountains and the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway, with some of the most beautiful scenery in all of the US. Three hours to the east lie the glorious beaches of North and South Carolina. There are few locations in all of the United States that offer the experience of both mountains and oceans within a reasonable drive, let alone in combination with such a moderate climate.  Combine these natural wonders with the economic powerhouse that is the Charlotte region, and it’s easy to see why Charlotte has become such a desirable relocation spot.

Just 20 miles north of Charlotte is the largest lake in the state, Lake Norman. Retirees have fallen in love with Lake Norman because of its clean, deep water that make it a renowned location for boating and fishing. With the introduction of bass to the lake in the 1990s, Lake Norman has become a fisherman’s paradise, and is now a featured location for several major fishing tournaments. The Lake Norman remains a unique retirement location as it offers a peaceful, serene lake lifestyle while at the same time offering many professional opportunities for the entire family.

It’s no wonder that the Charlotte area is experiencing such explosive growth. As the years go on, this momentum will only increase with all that the area has to offer. If you are going to make a change, Charlotte is an ideal location to explore as it offers something for everyone.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 755 miles (11 hours 40 minutes)

Average Hi January — Charlotte: 50° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Charlotte: 89° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Charlotte: 4 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Charlotte: 0.87% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Charlotte: 7.25% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Charlotte: 5.75% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.charlottesgotalot.com

www.charlottenc.gov

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Matthews, Pineville, Cotswold, Cornelius, Mooresville

Raleigh, NC

The capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh has ranked near the top of fastest growing cities in America for nearly a decade. It’s no wonder that the city continues to grow, as the area is  home to more than 170 research and development companies. Raleigh, along with neighboring cities Durham and Chapel Hill, form the Research Triangle region, a center in the fields of high-tech and biotech research. The city boasts easy access to several world class universities; Duke University, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Wake Forest University are all within minutes’ drive of Raleigh. For these reasons, Raleigh placed 4th on Wallethub’s list of most educated zip codes for 2016, and has earned the distinction of being home to the highest amount of PhDs in the country. The job market as a whole in Raleigh couldn’t be better; Glassdoor recently rated Raleigh its “#1 Best City For Jobs” in its 2015 survey.

But it isn’t just the tech industry that is driving Raleigh’s growth; it’s the quality of life and amenities as well. Raleigh has put a focus on its entertainment, and it shows, especially in the trendy areas of Fayetteville District, Moore Square, and Glenwood South, where you’ll find restaurants and microbrews in abundance. Known as the “City of Oaks”, the city boasts 9000 area of parkland for outdoor lovers. As the state capital, the city is home to the state of North Carolina’s first class museums, such as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of Art, to name but a few.  And like the rest of North Carolina, the region enjoys a moderate climate with mild winters. The iconic coastal towns of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach are accessible for a day trip, and if it’s the mountains that are calling, you’ll find the Blue Ridge Mountains a few hours’ drive away.

For all these reasons, Raleigh is a relocation destination that is second to none. To obtain more information, click here to contact one of our relocation specialists.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 810 miles (12 hours 30 minutes)

Average Hi January — Raleigh: 50° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Raleigh: 90° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Raleigh: 6 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Raleigh: 0.95% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Raleigh: 6.75% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Raleigh: 5.75% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Link:

www.visitraleigh.com

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Apex, Cary, Morrisville

Asheville, NC

Named by Lonely Planet as its #1 “Best in the US” destination for 2017, Asheville is an artists’ and outdoorsmans’ delight. The city is known for its trendy urban vibe, independent mindset and free spirits who dwell there, and it has become nationally known as a haven for creatives, musicians, and young entrepreneurs. In Asheville, you can be entertained by a street mime, browse the galleries of local artists, play drums in the weekly drum circle, and enjoy a farm-to-table restaurant, all in a single evening. WHETHER it’s music, the great outdoors or homegrown food and beer, Asheville takes its pleasures seriously.

Conveniently located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the foot of the Appalachian mountains, it’s hard to beat the natural beauty of Asheville. Eco-adventures abound in the area, including zip lines, rafting, and kayaking down the French Broad River, to name but a few. The town is a hiker’s paradise, with Mount Pisgah, Sam Knob and numerous waterfalls all within an hour’s drive of the city.   As the rest of North Carolina, Asheville enjoys a mild climate, yet with the experience of all four seasons.

For the musically inclined, there’s no better place to live than Asheville. Live music seems to be on every street corner of the city, Bring your guitar to any Asheville park in the summer, and an impromptu jam session is sure to follow.  There’s the Friday night drum circle at Pritchard Park, Saturday night’s Shindig on the Green, and numerous local minstrels that perform at the myriad venues throughout the city. If local cuisine is more of your thing, you’ll find culinary delights for every appetite in Asheville. And when it comes to beer, the city has become known as the country’s unofficial capital of beer, boasting more local breweries than any city in the USA.

For all of these reasons, it’s no wonder that Asheville was recently voted “America’s Happiest City” by Self Magazine. To obtain more information, click here to contact one of our relocation specialists.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 660 miles (10 hours 5 minutes)

Average Hi January — Asheville: 47° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Asheville: 85° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Asheville: 13 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Asheville: 0.7% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Asheville: 7.00% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Asheville: 5.75% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Link:

www.exploreasheville.com

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Weaverville, Woodfin, Hendersonville

Greenville, SC

As a warm southern community with a diverse economy and a vibrant urban scene, Greenville, SC is consistently ranked one of the nation’s top places to live. It offers the benefit of a larger city yet with a small town feel, as well as a low cost of living, mild climate, and exceptional quality of life. Its mix of traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and contemporary downtown vibe has made the area an increasingly popular relocation destination.

If you’re looking for a beautiful walkable downtown, with upscale shops, international flavors, and ample greenspace together, look no further than downtown Greenville. The city has become the national model for urban renewal, as its old industrial core has seen an incredible revitalization over the past few decades. It is now home to over 130 retail shops and 75 restaurants in a one square mile area. The central jewel of Greenville’s downtown is Falls Park on the Reedy, described by many as “an oasis within the city” with trails, landscaped gardens, scenic overlooks, and waterfalls. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Greenville’s downtown one of “America’s Ten Best”, and the New York Times has referred to Greenville as “a national model for a pedestrian-friendly city center.”

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Greenville provides ample opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. The Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 17.5 mile greenway, winds along the Reedy River and connects Greenville’s extensive park system with the rest of the city, drawing cyclists from miles around. Within a hour’s drive of Greenville, you’ll find no less than 12 South Carolina state parks. Drive a mere 45 minutes north and experience the mountainous wonders of Lake Joccassee, which has earned a spot on National Geographic’s “50 Last Great Places in the World” list. Three hours southwest are the beaches of Kiawah Island and South Carolina, both world class tourist destinations of their own. With a multitude of leisure activities like these within a short drive from town, Greenville is an location from which to pursue an outdoor lifestyle.

For all of these reasons, Greenville is worth checking out as a relocation destination. To obtain more information, click here to contact one of our relocation specialists.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 705 miles (10 hours 50 minutes)

Average Hi January — Greenville: 50° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Greenville: 89° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Greenville: 2 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Greenville: 0.68% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Greenville: 6.00% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Greenville: 3-7% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.visitgreenvillesc.com

www.greenvillesc.gov/184/newcomers

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Mauldin, Greer, North Main, Simpsonville

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC lays claim to a history that is unmatched and beauty that is second to none. Deemed “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2014, the city remains both the embodiment of antebellum Southern culture yet boasts a modern sophistication all its own. Whether you seek outdoor activities, historical sites, a laid back beach lifestyle, or a world renowned culinary scene, you’ll be hard pressed to find a city that offers so much as a relocation destination. In fact, readers of Travel and Leisure magazine ranked Charleston as the top city to visit in the world in their 2016 survey, the first time any US city has received this honor.

Adventures abound in the Charleston area. Ride in a  horse-drawn carriage along the cobblestone roads and gas-lit alleys of King Street and admire the stately historical homes that date back to the colonial era. Visit Fort Sumter, the island fort at which the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Soak up the sun at the numerous beach towns within a few miles of the city, including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms. Enjoy one of the gourmet restaurants that give Charleston its #1 ranking in Conde Nast’s “Best Food Cities in the US” list for 2016. Explore the numerous 18th century plantations with their cypress trees, blackwater swamps, and Spanish moss. Visit the famous Old City Market and peruse the wares of over 100 merchants, as has been the custom of locals for over 200 years.

Whether you’re a retiree or in the prime of your working career, it’s hard to beat Charleston as a relocation destination, as no city in America offers such a unique combination of natural beauty, history, and culture. For more information on relocating to Charleston, click here.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 910 miles (14 hours)

Average Hi January — Charleston: 59° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Charleston: 91° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Charleston: .5 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Charleston: 0.56% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Charleston: 8.50% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Charleston: 3-7% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.charlestoncvb.com

www.charleston-sc.gov

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, West Ashley

Nashville, TN

Known as “The Music City”, Nashville has become one of the fastest growing cities in America and an increasingly popular relocation spot. Nashville is consistently ranked in the top ten best places to live and work in America, due to its reasonable cost of living, mild climate, and burgeoning local economy. If you’re looking for a thriving city scene with a dash of Southern hospitality, Nashville might be the place for you.

Nashville more than lives up to its Music City nickname with 120-plus live music venues, featuring all genres of music. Combine its local music scene with its foodie reputation that has been saluted from The New York Times to Bon Appetit, and the result is a city that never sleeps. But Nashville isn’t just known solely for its live music these days; the city is becoming known as a hot spot for technology start ups and numerous national companies call Nashville home, including Dollar General, Nissan, and Community Health Systems, to name but a few. Its secondary education is top-notch; Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South”, with over 20 universities in the greater Nashville area. Simply put, it’s the economic and cultural diversity of the Nashville area that has driven the city’s explosive growth. But it’s not just music, food, and tech startups behind Nashville’s growth; it’s the cost of living as well. Its median home price remains below national averages, and Tennessee is one of only six states with no state income tax. Combine these factors with the mild climate Nashville is known for, and Nashville is an excellent choice as a relocation destination.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 470 miles (7 hours 15 minutes)

Average Hi January — Nashville: 46° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Nashville: 89° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Nashville: 7 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Nashville: 1% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Nashville: 9.25% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Nashville: 0.00% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.visitmusiccity.com

www.nashville.gov

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Brentwood, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Green Hills

Indianapolis, IN

Lying just 3 hours to the southeast of Chicago, Indianapolis offers a similar experience to the Chicago area, but at a fraction of the cost.  With the favorable budget and tax climate in the state of Indiana, Indianapolis is annually considered one of the most affordable places to business in the US and boasts a low cost of living to match. According to CNN Money’s 2013 survey, Indianapolis was named the #1 most affordable metro in the US with regards to housing, with 93.3% of homes considered “affordable”. Its job outlook remains healthy, especially in the tech industries, which possess an outrageous 50.4% growth rate over the last ten years. If you’re a young professional looking to jumpstart your career, or looking for a place to expand your existing business, it’s hard to beat the business climate in the Indianapolis area.

Downtown Indianapolis 
Its not just the cost of living that makes Indianapolis stand out; it’s the quality of life as well. The  Cultural Trail, an 8 mile urban bike and pedestrian path, interconnects the city’s numerous greenspaces and has become a national model for urban walkability and connectivity. If you’re looking for an urban retreat in the heart of downtown, look no further than White River State Park, the home of the Indianapolis Zoo, numerous museums, an outdoor concert venue, and abundant greenspace. The fast growing suburb of Carmel rated #4 on livability.com’s list of “Best Cities For Families” in 2015.  Combine the cost of living, a increasingly vibrant downtown scene, and great job opportunities, and you have a recipe for a great relocation destination.

For more information on relocation to the Indianapolis area, click here.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 180 miles (3 hours)

Average Hi January — Indianapolis: 36° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Indianapolis: 85° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Indianapolis: 26 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Indianapolis: 1.03% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Indianapolis: 7.00% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Indianapolis: 3.25% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.indy.gov

www.visitindy.com

www.nomeancity.com

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Noblesville

Phoenix, AZ

Nicknamed the Valley of the Sun, the city of Phoenix offers a retreat from the grey days and harsh winters of the north. No area in American boasts more sunny days, as the Valley receives more than 330 days of sun per year. The Phoenix area offers a great combination of promising economic opportunities and high quality of life, and as a result it’s no wonder that each year more than 50,000 Americans move to the Phoenix area.

From the year-round sunshine, deep canyons, and local heritage, adventures abound in the Valley of the Sun. Combine the beauty of the Sonoran desert with the region’s diverse climate, and every day becomes a great day to explore the outdoors. In Arizona it’s possible to water-ski and snow-ski in the same day, as average high temperatures will differ by 30 degrees within a 2 hour drive in almost any direction. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and even hot air ballooning abound in the area. One of the greatest natural wonders on earth lies 3 hours north of the Phoenix area, the Grand Canyon. Whatever your interest, Arizona features an outdoor adventure that beckons the outdoor enthusiast.

As the 12th largest metro in the US, there’s no shortage of professional opportunities in the Phoenix area. Several Fortune 100 companies, including Petsmart, Swift Transportation, and Magellan Health, make Phoenix their home. If it’s sports you seek, Phoenix has it covered, boasting professional teams in all four major sports, and spring marks the annual rite of spring training in the area, as both Chicago baseball squads make the Phoenix area their spring training home. The Valley of the Sun also remains a hot spot for golf enthusiasts, will more than 200 golf courses in the area.

It’s clear that the Valley of the Sun offers more than summer heat; whether you seek career opportunities, a respite from Midwestern winters, or an active outdoor lifestyle, the Phoenix area offers these and more. To obtain more information, click here to contact one of our relocation specialists.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 1,760 miles (26 hours)

Average Hi January — Phoenix: 67° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Phoenix: 106° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Phoenix: 0 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Phoenix: 0.8% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Phoenix: 8.3% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Phoenix: 2.6 – 4.5% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.phoenix.gov/visitors

www.visitphoenix.com

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Chandler, Surprise, Peoria, Arcadia

Austin, TX

The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen explosive growth in the last decade and shows no signs of slowing down. As a relocation destination, Austin offers many advantages, including great weather, a vibrant local economy, and a trendy, urban vibe that has become nationally renowned.

It’s no secret that the Austin economy is booming in the last decade. The city recently ranked #1 in CNBC’s “Best Places to Start a Business” survey for 2016 due to its tax and regulatory climate, workforce strength, access to capital and the cost of living. Nowhere is this more true than in the tech and software development field, as Austin recently ranked #2 in the nation for tech startup jobs for 2016. Increasingly, Austin is becoming known as the “new Silicon Valley,” with many of the same job opportunities offered in the Bay Area but with a far lower cost of doing business. If job opportunities are a main factor for you  in a relocation destination, there’s no place with as many professional opportunities than Austin.

When it comes to downtown Austin, you’ll find a bustling city scene with a culture that is all its own. The mantra of Austin remains “Keep Austin Weird”, as many locals pride themselves on the unique artsy/ hipster culture  that remains a staple of the city. Live music can be found nearly everywhere in Austin, and the city bills itself as “The Live Music Capital of the World” due its more than 250 live music venues scattered throughout the city. There are few cities than can simultaneously lay claim to being a foodie paradise, a music mecca, and the home to the largest urban bat colony in the world, but Austin offers all of the above and more in its vibrant downtown scene.

For more information about relocating to Austin, click here.

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Statistics:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 1,160 miles (17 hours)

Average Hi January — Austin: 62° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Austin: 92° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Austin: 1 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Austin: 2.04% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Austin: 8.25% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Austin: 0.00% / Chicago: 4.95%

Helpful Links:

www.austinrelocationguide.com

www.austintexas.gov

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Round Rock, Tarrytown, Rollingwood

Houston, TX

If you’re planning to move to Houston, get ready to live large. The biggest city in a state renowned for its size, Houston is the headquarters of big oil, home to the world’s largest medical center – the Texas Medical Center – and is soon to be the third largest city in the US.

It’s one of the worst kept secrets in the country: Houston’s economy is booming. The city is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies, lifting the region’s average wage to one of the best in the nation. Houston is one of the few areas in the US that both offers limitless career opportunities and a reasonable cost of living, The area has one of the lowest median home price to median household income ratio in the nation, and ranks third lowest in overall cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous areas. When you factor in the lack of state income tax in Texas, you may be giving yourself a raise and a promotion by relocating to Houston.

Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, artistic inspiration, or an upgrade in your quality of life, Houston offers all of these and more. The city is home to 83 museums and cultural sites and 79 performing arts companies. Houston is one of the few U.S. cities to offer all of the major performing arts – symphony, opera, drama and ballet. The city ranks in the top ten of greenest cities in the US, featuring 56,405 acres of parks, more than 400 miles of biking trails, and two of the largest urban public parks in the U.S. — Cullen Park and George Bush Park. And if your idea of relaxation is a white sandy beach, the city lies a mere hour from the beaches of Galveston and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information on relocating to the Houston area, click here.

STATISTICS:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 1,080 miles (16.5 hours)

Average Hi January — Houston: 63° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Houston: 94° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Houston: 0 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Houston: 2.29% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Houston: 8.25% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Houston: 0.00% / Chicago: 4.95%

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Pearland, Sugar land, Cypress

Denver, CO

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STATISTICS:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 1,000 miles (14.5 hours)

Average Hi January — Denver: 48° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Denver: 90° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Denver: 56 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Denver: 0.70% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Denver: 7.65% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Denver: 4.63% / Chicago: 4.95%

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Arvada, Evergreen, Lakewood, Parker

Atlanta, GA

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STATISTICS:

Distance from Chicago, IL: 720 miles (11 hours)

Average Hi January — Atlanta: 51° / Chicago: 31°

Average Hi July — Atlanta: 87° / Chicago: 85°

Average Snowfall/Year — Atlanta: 3 in. / Chicago: 37 in.

Average Property Tax — Atlanta: 1.06% / Chicago: 2.50%

Sales Tax — Atlanta: 8.00% / Chicago: 10.25%

State Income Tax — Atlanta: 3-6% / Chicago: 4.95%

Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:

Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Roswell