Why South End

Welcome to the edge of town. Where history meets creative innovation, local brews and great food abound, and art will find you around every corner. The result is a vibrant neighborhood where you can walk to everything, and your dog can, too.

It’s the quirky vibe of South End that’s so captivating. Beginning in the 1850s and reborn in the 1990s, today South End is a thriving and diverse urban district with more than 9,000 residents and 4,500 more residential units on the way.

The neighborhood boasts eco-friendly apartment communities, high-rise condos, historic lofts, luxury apartments and town homes. You can walk to Uptown, and have easy access to I-77, I-85, the airport, the light rail and B-cycle bike share. This access, coupled with a unique mix of creative office space, is why over 870 businesses call South End home.


If you need more information that what you can find here, please contact us.

Megan Liddle Gude, Director of Historic South End | mgude@charlottecentercity.org | 704-332-9584

Maggie Collister, Director of Research | mcollister@charlottecentercity.org | 704-332-9592

David McConnell, Director of Business Recruitment & Retention | dmconnell@charlottecentercity.org | 704-268-1803

South End Facts

16,500 workers

1.07 million SF office under construction or planned

6,500 market rate housing units

9,000 residents

75% of residents between 18-35 years of age

$65,000 median household income

4,000 residential units under construction or planned

197 shops and restaurants

82% of shops and restaurants are locally-owned

1.2 million SF of retail shops and restaurants

450,000 SF of retail under construction or planned

6 craft breweries

14,000 average daily light rail riders

4 Lynx light rail stations

621,000 light rail passengers boarded yearly

18.6 miles of light rail service accessible (upon completion of Blue Line Extension, March 2018)

4 Charlotte B-cycle bike share stations

4.5 miles of the Charlotte Rail Trail

“The proximity to uptown and the light rail – mixed with the offbeat and eclectic vibe of the neighborhood – makes a good environment for startups.”

» Abhishek Mehta - Founder, Tresata

“When your business runs on ingenuity and imagination, it’s nice to work in an area where you can see that demonstrated 100 times every day.”

» John Oaks - Partner, Allegra South End Consulting