About The Charlotte Area

Discover One of the Southeast's Fastest-Growing Cities.

We may be a bit biased, but we think the greater Charlotte metropolitan area is a great place to live, work and play - and that our region offers magical places to explore.

Home base for the Novant Health Family Medical Residency Program is in the fast-growing North Carolina communities of Huntersville and Cornelius. These locales surround Lake Norman, the state’s largest man-made body of water. Residents' continuity clinics take place in a state-of-the-art facility in nearby Cornelius; inpatient care is primarily at the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center in Huntersville and also at the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.

Residents can experience small-town charm while enjoying all of the amenities that a metropolitan area has to offer.

Charlotte has a population of about 842,000 and more than 7 million people live within 100 miles of the city's center. Our area wins accolades for its business-growth environment, its status as a headquarters for Fortune 500 companies and a vibrant economic climate that means our job market is strong. But there's plenty to do outside of office hours, as well.

Interested in leading an active lifestyle? Checkout the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which boasts the world's largest manmade whitewater river, hike some 240 miles of trails and greenways, or explore the area's more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves.

Are you a sports fan? We've got the Carolina Panthers, our NFL Team, the Charlotte Hornets for NBA basketball, and the Charlotte Knights, a minor league baseball team with a new uptown ballpark.

Ready to explore the arts? In and around uptown Charlotte, the arts and culture community offers options from operaballet and the symphony to museums that celebrate everything from fine art and science to the New South and NASCAR.

Life on the Lake

Our residency program puts you near the shores of Lake Norman, a go-to-spot for watersports, boat rentals and relaxation. The area is well-known to NASCAR fans as the home of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Other attractions range from the Carolina Raptor Center, one of the largest rehab centers for injured raptors and open to the public, to the Historic Latta Plantation, which has more than 1,000 acres of protected land and activities that include kayaking and Segway tours.

Our local schools

Whether you're looking for the best schools for your children or eager to further your own education, the area has a wealth of choices to meet your needs. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district serves approximately 150,000 students throughout Mecklenburg County, including those in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.

Public schools near the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program include:

The area is home to a long list of well-regarded private and charter schools, as well as colleges and universities, which include:

Explore the Carolinas

Consider the Charlotte area your jumping-off spot for Carolinas adventure. We're tucked between the mountains and the sea, with towns that preserve the colonial past and cities that embrace the future. Whether you want a family-friendly beach vacation, a mountain-adventure getaway or a road trip that meanders through towns both quirky and quaint, it's all within a day's reach.

The mountains begin two hours west of Charlotte, where you'll find waterfalls and highland trails, bluegrass and the Blue Ridge. Mountain highlights include the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its sky-high views, and the city of Asheville, known for its eclectic downtown, arts-friendly vibe, and a thriving local-food and craft-beer culture.

And speaking of cities, we've got towns for every taste. Winston-Salem offers a peek into its unique past as a Moravian enclave while gaining a growing reputation as a city with a bent toward arts and innovation. Or consider a day trip to Raleigh, where the state capitol cozies up to some of the best (free) history and natural science museums in North Carolina.

From the Charlotte area, three to four hours southeast will land you on some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Myrtle Beach is a family-friendly spot where watersports, fishing and putt-putt offer diversions if you're looking for more than sun and sand.

South Carolina's top shoreline spots include those on Sullivan's Island and Folly Beach. They also put you at the doorstep of Charleston. Its perfectly preserved historic district features pre-Revoluntary War homes, hidden gardens and original cobblestone streets. If your tour through the past works up an appetite, Charleston offers local seafood, celebrity chef-led restaurants and a lively bar scene. More history is within reach when you meander to South Carolina's sea islands, still rich in the Gullah culture of descendants of enslaved Africans.

Looking for a longer escape? North Carolina's Outer Banks offer unspoiled seashore, lighthouses and the dunes that launched the Wright brothers into flight.

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