Charlotte is a beautiful city that brings you 218 days of sunshine and only four inches of snow annually. If you want to live in a city surrounded by wildlife and thousands of varieties of trees and plants, come to Charlotte for your retirement years.
The population estimate for 2015 was 827,097 residents, up 12.4 percent from the 2010 census figure of 731,424, according to the United States Census Bureau. The growing city continues towards diversity with 35 percent of residents identifying as Black or African-American, 50 percent as White, 13.1 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5 percent as Asian, and 2.7 percent as two or more races.
51.7 percent of residents are females and the senior community equates to 8.5 percent of Charlotte residents. Veterans account for 38,667 of the population. As for residents that were born in a foreign country, 15.3 percent of the population consists of immigrants. 20.2 percent of the population speaks more than one language in the home.
Although Charlotte does see some snow during the winter months, the average annual snowfall is approximately four inches. Due to the city being close to three hours from the coast, during Hurricane season the city does see more rainfall. The average annual rainfall is 41.63 inches.
Temperatures range from lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s during the winter months and lows in the 60s and highs in the upper 80s during the summer months. The average annual temperatures are 70.8 degrees as the average high and 48.8 degrees as the average low.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs June 1st- November 30th and these tropical storms bring winds exceeding 74 miles per hour with Category Four and Five hurricanes displaying powerful winds above 156 miles per hour. To prepare for hurricane season, keep an emergency kit at home and in your vehicle. Listen to emergency stations on the radio and devise ways to protect your home and heed any warnings to take evacuation.
There is plenty of wildlife to see in the beautiful city of Charlotte and the surrounding area. North Carolina is home to mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and mollusks. Although you may need to visit a park or a rural area to see some of the animals and plants, you can still see many in the city.
North Carolina is home to bats, black bears, bobcats, deer, coyote, foxes, minks, squirrels, skunks, ducks, doves, Bald Eagle, geese, owls, hawks, alligators, snakes, and turtles. If you prefer to fish, you can find species such as catfish, bluegill, trout, Carolina Madtom, bass, carp, sunfish, and more.
North Carolina also has approximately 300 species of trees, including subspecies, and 3,000 varieties of plants, according to City-Data. You can find forests littered with oaks, hickory, pines, poplars, sweet gums, and Dogwood varieties.
North Carolina is more than just busy cities. Tour your new home and see how many species of wildlife you can find.
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