Why University City?

University City is the pulse for Charlotte, North Carolina—one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Anchored in education and fueled by innovation, this employment center has a daytime workforce of 75,000 in businesses that range from energy and finance to healthcare, technology, and back office. View our Major Employers. Learn more about University City: Tomorrow’s Urban Center.


University City has a solid network of interstates (I-85, I-485 and I-77), two nearby airports and in 2017, light rail service.  Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 20 minutes west via I-85 and Concord Regional Airport, also offering regular jet passenger service, is 10 minutes east.  The interstate system is a magnet to firms looking to ship goods quickly and easily. Interstate 77 passes through Charlotte, connecting Miami to Cleveland, and Interstate 85 heads south to Atlanta and north to Washington, D.C. This market is also served by 6 major highway and arterial roads including Tryon Street (Hwy 29), University City Boulevard (Hwy 49), Harris Boulevard, Mallard Creek Boulevard and Mallard Creek Church Road.  Public transit service is available via six bus routes serving the University City market area and a light rail service that runs from Charlotte into the heart of University City.

University City also has 12 miles of contiguous greenways (with +2.7 miles under construction) that provide bike and pedestrian access to our business parks, retail centers and UNC Charlotte.


University City is centrally located in the region and is easy to get to from major residential areas and submarkets, making University City an easy destination and starting point for businesses.  There are a half-million workers live within a 30-minute commute, 6 million people live within 100 miles, and  over half of all Americans live within a two-hour plane ride from nearby Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Three large office parks offer Class A and Class B office space meet the business needs Fortune 500 business, entrepreneurs and start- ups. The University Research Park is one of the nation’s largest research parks with 2,200 acres and 10 million square feet of office space. UNC Charlotte and CHS University Hospital anchor University City and provide immediate access to research, talent and medical amenities.

Workforce and Talent

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in University City provides direct access to a highly educated workforce. Each year, the university grants 6,000 degrees. These graduates eagerly fill Charlotte’s workforce pipeline. Graduates in the fields of energy and engineering, finance, education, healthcare, computer and data analytics are quick to find employment in University City.


This community of 171,000 is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Charlotte. University City neighborhoods offer a variety of housing types and settings from single family homes on peaceful tree lined streets and highly programmed planned communities to apartments, town homes and condos for those whose preference leans toward urban mixed use developments. University City also offers a healthy mix of affordable housing.

Attractions and Amenities

Fans and alumni come to see the Charlotte 49ers play football, basketball, golf, tennis and baseball among many other athletic events. Racing fans come to Charlotte Motor Speedway to experience the thrill of NASCAR motorsports and zMax drag racing. Music lovers cut loose at University City’s PNC Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater that specializes in hosting large concerts. Shoppers seeking retail therapy visit Concord Mills and IKEA at Belgate Shopping Center, in addition to 30 other shopping centers. And of course, all visitors enjoy the 150 restaurants and bars, 45 of which are international/ethnic. Learn more about the Quality of Life in University City.

Weather and Climate

The region experiences four distinct seasons.  Extreme conditions are rare, allowing year-round use of the city’s 17,600 acres of parks, 37 miles of greenways and more than 30 public and private golf courses. Only half of winter days fall below the freezing point, and sub-zero temperatures have been recorded in Charlotte only five times since 1878. Spring and fall seasons are protracted and extremely pleasant, and weather rarely interrupts outdoor activities. – Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
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Why Do Business in University City?

“Simple, employee base. There are employees and people to hire in this area.”

– Tim Huie, Business Support Coordinator, Duke Energy

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