Charlotte, NC Neighborhood guides

Charlotte’s Best Neighborhoods for Renters

Charlotte’s status as a financial hotspot often precedes it. But, this melting pot of history and culture has something for everybody and takes pride in it, too. Beyond business talk and a love for motorsports, the city has a way of unraveling itself the more time you spend here.

The museums and art scene speak for themselves in this North Carolina gem. And, once you’re done admiring the statues and sculptures around the city, you can cheer for the Charlotte Hornets in the beautiful backdrop of colonial architecture or catch a NASCAR event and end the day with some top-class barbecue.

So, if you’re looking for an urban setting full of opportunities with a relaxed, suburban feel, look no further than Queen City. Plus, to make the search that much easier and more enjoyable for you, we’ve compiled a quick overview of Charlotte’s best neighborhoods for renters.

1. Elizabeth

  • Number of apartment buildings: 15
  • Number of apartments for rent: 2,471
  • Average rent: $1,483
  • Average apartment size:  853 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 35.7
  • Share of renters: 35%

If a neighborhood to call home is what you need, Elizabeth can be the laid-back option you’re looking for. But, that’s not to say that it doesn’t get its fair share of hustle and bustle with entertainment venues, cocktail spots and retail and office space projects popping up around the neighborhood.

Located close to other best neighborhood contenders like Uptown and Plaza Midwood, the area is preferred by many young professionals due to its location. The average rent in Elizabeth reaches $1,483. However, the true perk of living there is a somewhat small luxury: walkability.

2. The South End

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 171
  • Number of apartments for rent: 13,412
  • Average rent: $1,668
  • Average apartment size:  882 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 31.6
  • Share of renters: 60%

If it’s quality leisure options you’re looking for, then South End is for you. Following a continuous and successful revival period, South End is now one of the most desirable places to live in Charlotte. Nowadays, it’s packed with breweries, wine bars, boutiques, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and everything in between. What’s more, this once-bustling industrial zone also doubles as a business hub and trendy spot, and both versions of the neighborhood are equally as popular among young professionals.

Plus, there are plenty of rental options in the South End, where monthly rent goes for about $1,668 on average. Renters here make up around 60% of the neighborhood’s residents.

3. Dilworth

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 222
  • Number of apartments for rent: 10,307
  • Average rent: $1,498
  • Average apartment size:  849 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 30.1
  • Share of renters: 56%

If we’re talking popularity, Dilworth has it. Despite being considered South End’s quieter counterpart, Charlotte’s OG suburb is particularly popular among the younger demographic — the average inhabitant is 30 years old.

In this area, the average rent is around $1,498 and renters make up approximately 56% of Dilworth residents. Full of historic charm, turn-of-the-century architecture and enough greenery to satisfy your concrete jungle needs, Dilworth is also one of the most walkable parts of Charlotte. It also hosts the cool East Boulevard to fulfill all of your shopping needs.

4. Uptown Charlotte

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 66
  • Number of apartments for rent: 9,600
  • Average rent: $1,670
  • Average apartment size:  889 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 31
  • Share of renters: 66%

Located on a former Native American trading path, there’s not much that’s more popular than the core of the city. And, because it’s located higher than the rest of the city, it actually is Uptown and not Downtown.

Uptown’s demographic is almost as young as Dilworth — the average age here is 31, and renters make up the majority of residents (66%). The area is home to some of the most popular museums, coolest shops, parks, a booming dining scene and the NASCAR Hall of Fame to top it off. And, thriving on up-and-coming, exciting developments, it’s easy to understand why the area is so much in demand.

5. Plaza Midwood

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 527
  • Number of apartments for rent: 7,561
  • Average rent: $1,111
  • Average apartment size:  863 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 33.5
  • Share of renters: 59%

The eclectic mix of architecture is enough to make you want to become part of the Plaza Midwood community. Colonial, Victorian and Tudor styles are predominant here, which is likely a result of the neighborhood’s decades of development during the last century.

The neighborhood also hosts clusters of lovely boutiques and just about any type of diner and eatery you can imagine. Plus, if you’re looking for your next home in Charlotte, the $1,111 average you’ll find here is practically unbeatable.

6. Northlake

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 642
  • Number of apartments for rent: 10,852
  • Average rent: $1,175
  • Average apartment size: 981 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 35.2
  • Share of renters: 39%

We can’t talk about Northlake without mentioning the mall that shares its name — one of the sources for all things shopping in Charlotte. Dating back to the mid-1990s, this neighborhood is one of the more recent communities on the list and is located north of Uptown. But, Northlake is also booming as new businesses open, new projects get underway, and more and more developers eye the area. Here, the average rent is $1,175, and the area already boasts one of the largest apartment average square footage available in Queen City at 981 square feet.

7. Ballantyne

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 389
  • Number of apartments for rent: 7,381
  • Average rent: $1,387
  • Average apartment size:  1,053 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 38
  • Share of renters: 25%

Another rising neighborhood is Ballantyne — an affluent area that’s home to Wells Fargo and Campbell Snacks — about a 20-minute drive to Uptown. Apartments here boast the largest average size on our list at 1,053 square feet. If that’s not enough to make you consider making this Queen City gem your new home, then you may be swayed by the Ballantyne Reimagined program, which is set to transform the area into an even better version of itself. Also worth considering are the many restaurants, shopping options, parks, affordable average rent and one of the top golf courses in the Southeast.

8. Foxcroft

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 983
  • Number of apartments for rent: 14,236
  • Average rent: $1,229
  • Average apartment size: 967 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 38.7
  • Share of renters: 37%

It’s easy to understand why Foxcroft has a history of being one of the city’s most desirable areas for the last several decades. One of South Charlotte’s greenest areas, Foxcroft scores high in livability. It’s also home to some of the cleanest streets and most beautiful landscapes in the city. That, combined with a large inventory of rental options and an average rent of $1,229, makes this neighborhood a strong contender for your new home.

9. Steele Creek

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 384
  • Number of apartments for rent: 7,737
  • Average rent: $1,212
  • Average apartment size:  969 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 34.7
  • Share of renters: 38%

There’s just something about Steele Creek, and everybody is catching on. The community is dubbed the next best thing in Charlotte — its not-so-secret weapons being affordability and a whole lot of potential. Lovely parks and plenty of dining and drinking options make this area great to live in, particularly if you’ve just moved to Charlotte or are looking for something more family-friendly. The average rent here goes for about $1,212 a month.

10. Yorkshire

 

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  • Number of apartment buildings: 318
  • Number of apartments for rent: 5,796
  • Average rent: $1,190
  • Average apartment size:  972 sq. ft.
  • Median age: 33.5
  • Share of renters: 45%

Last, but definitely not least, is Yorkshire, Steele Creek’s baby sister, where the average rent goes for about $1,190. We could talk about the developments in the works or the new businesses in what’s become one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing areas, but what will truly catch your eye as a new resident in Yorkshire is Carowinds. This amusement park — which is located right on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line — is proof enough that the community is not lacking in entertainment options.

When it comes to diversity and beautiful neighborhoods, it’s pretty clear that “Charlotte’s got a lot.” The city is one of the best U.S. blends of big city vibes and small-town comfort, and its neighborhoods reflect just that.

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Methodology

This guide was created by RENTCafé, a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.

The neighborhood selection is based on the highest number of Google searches for rental apartments per neighborhood. Apartment data (average rent, number of buildings, number of apartments, average apartment size) is provided by RENTCafé sister division Yardi Matrix, a business development and asset management tool for the real estate industry. The data covers only large-scale apartment buildings of 50 units or more and does not include smaller apartment buildings or single-family home rentals. Demographic data (median age, share of renters) is derived from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

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About the author

Alexandra Ciuntu

Alexandra Ciuntu is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she has previously covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance. She now enjoys researching and writing about the renting lifestyle, renter demographic shifts, and residential real estate market trends and news. You can connect with Alexandra via email.

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