Renter's Guide to Concord
Located in the “Piedmont Triad” of North Carolina, Concord is surrounded by lush forests and gently rolling hills. Concord is the 12th largest city in the state of North Carolina, and the second largest city in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area (a 3-thousand-mile expanse of counties starting at the city of Charlotte and emanating throughout both of the Carolinas).
Concord is 24 miles northeast of Charlotte (and all of its splendid tourist attractions), 233 miles northwest of Jacksonville, NC (one of the fastest-growing small cities in the US), and 162 miles south of Roanoke, VA (and its host of historical sites). Geographically, Concord is one-quarter larger than Jacksonville, NC 5 times smaller than Charlotte, and almost exactly the same size as Roanoke, VA.
Like most of the Piedmont area, Concord’s climate is relatively mild; sunny days occur more often than not. As for the weather in Concord, NC, summers (June-August) are hot and humid, and average 77 F. Autumns (September-November) average 60 F, and tend to be calm and clear. Winters (December-February) experience a fair share of light rain, and average 44 F. Springs (March-May) are 59 F on average, and tend to warm up gradually.
Concord, NC Demographics
- Total Population83,903
Female 40,645Male 43,258
- Median Age35.5
Cost of Living in Concord, NC
Rider provides bus transportation throughout Concord’s numerous shopping areas, as well as to the educational and medical districts. On average, a bus ticket in Concord costs $1.25, with discounts available to those who are disabled, 65 years of age or older, or students. The average commute time in Concord is 35 minutes, a full 10 minutes longer than the national average.
The Concord Airport, run by local city officials, is only about a 15-minute drive northeast from the business district of Charlotte. Marketed as “the gateway to Charlotte”, the Concord Airport is the 5th busiest airport in North Carolina. They offer one-way flights to Florida for as low as $39.
The cost of living in Concord is well below the national average in nearly all aspects. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is $10 ($2 less than the US average), a regular cappuccino costs $3.50 (33 cents cheaper than elsewhere in the country), and a pound of rice is roughly 10 cents cheaper in Concord. Best of all, basic utilities are $109.99 per month in a 915-square foot apartment in Concord, nearly $40 cheaper than the national norm.
Average Rent in Concord, NC
- Concord, NC Average Rental Price, August 2018$975/mo
- 1 Bedroom$824
- 2 Bedrooms$1,031
Concord, NC Apartment Rent Ranges
- < $5001%
Concord, NC Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Aug / 2018||$975||$592||$824||$1,031|
|Jan / 2018||$975||$592||$824||$1,031|
|Sept / 2017||$970||$595||$829||$1,011|
|May / 2017||$958||$561||$828||$987|
|Jan / 2017||$925||$556||$786||$963|
|Sept / 2016||$930||$565||$787||$976|
|May / 2016||$928||$552||$793||$969|
|Jan / 2016||$893||$524||$764||$933|
|Sept / 2015||$886||$521||$753||$924|
|May / 2015||$846||$526||$729||$883|
Average rent is projected to grow by 2% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 2802528027
Living in Concord
Concord’s local industries, combined with its close proximity to Charlotte, presents terrific employment opportunities, which in turn attracts an educated population, and plenty of entertainment to spend their paychecks on – three reasons why you should move to Concord. However, its closeness to Charlotte also means it shares some of the hassles of city life – urban sprawl and heavy traffic are two reasons not to move to Concord, NC. While the city of Concord is by no means the most diverse in the state, it was voted as one of the 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina in 2016 by SafeWise.com, a leading authority in state-by-state safety research.
Things to do in Concord
Concord Mills has plenty of (couples) attractions & points of interest, such as the Great Wolf Lodge waterpark, the Concord Aquarium, and Planet Fitness (to stay in shape). Also, there’s free things to do with kids such as community programs at the local YMCA, and story time at the Concord Library. The AMC Concord Mills 24 has 10 separate theaters, making it the premiere place for couples to see movies in Concord. You can even train your dog at Camp Bow Wow to be more obedient while you’re away for the day.
For one of the best restaurants in Concord, NC, visit the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant (just across from the Concord Mills) to see why they have been in business since 1980 (and put the local Red Lobster to shame). Or, try the exotic delicacies at the Sogo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse. Otherwise, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, the Waffle House, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Texas Roadhouse will take care of your everyday dining needs.
Popular parks in Concord include the Frank Liske Park, equipped with pavilions, a calm lake, and multiple sports fields, and the James L. Dorton Park, which has picnic tables, tennis courts, soccer fields, and community grills – these are two of the most beautiful places in Concord, NC! Before you set out, be sure to pick up your outdoors gear at the Academy Sports first.
For the best shopping in Concord, the Concord Mills offers 1.4-million-square-feet of shopping (just 12 miles outside of downtown Charlotte). Similarly, the Carolina Mall contains 550 thousand square feet of all your retail and dining needs. Of course, if all else fails, there’s always Walmart and Target.
Employment and Economy
Aside from the Fortune 500 companies located in Charlotte, there are a large number of jobs in Concord, NC thanks to flourishing medical, educational, and manufacturing industries. The Northeast Medical Center is the largest employer in Concord, with the Cabarrus County School District close behind. The Concord Urgent Care Center further employs the medical sector, while S&D Coffee and ACN (a telecommunications company) are both headquartered in Concord, NC, and aid the local economy.
Concord, NC Households
- Total Number of Households29,921
Family 21,117Non-family 8,804
Children 12,241No Children 17,680
- Average People Per Household2.77
- Median Household Income$53,587
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,006
Top Colleges in Concord
The Rowan Cabarrus Community College (Concord Campus) has helped over 13 thousand students pursue higher education, and the Concord High School (NC), established in 1895, has the proud distinction of being the oldest public high school in Cabarrus County.
Concord, NC Education Statistics
- No High School4%
- Some High School35%
- Some College24%
- Associate Degree9%
- Bachelor Degree21%
- Graduate Degree8%
Tips for Renting in Concord
In Concord, NC, a tenant is responsible for the batteries in a fire alarm, but must notify the landlord in writing whenever any fire alarm repairs are needed. If you are moving from Charlotte to Concord, be prepared to pay even less in utilities than you already do, but considerably more for gas.
Speaking of paying bills, if you ever find yourself in a pinch when the rent is due, see if you can work out a temporary agreement with your landlord. Concord is still part of North Carolina, after all – a region known for its hospitality – which means that they will most likely allow you to make a partial payment, or even postpone the rent.
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