Not only a thriving business hub but also a cultural center and entertainment destination.

Welcome to Uptown

Uptown Charlotte, also known as Downtown Charlotte, is the vibrant and bustling central business district of the city. It is home to major corporate headquarters such as Bank of America, Duke Energy, and the East Coast headquarters of Wells Fargo. Uptown is not only a thriving business hub but also a cultural center and entertainment destination.
Sports enthusiasts can catch games of the Carolina Panthers (NFL), Charlotte Hornets (NBA), and Charlotte Knights (Triple-A baseball) in Uptown. The district offers a wide range of attractions, including museums, theaters, restaurants, hotels, high-density residential developments, and retail establishments, making it a popular spot for both locals and visitors alike. Uptown employs nearly 115,000 people and attracts almost 20 million visitors each year, while around 30,000 people call it home.
The name "Uptown" was officially adopted in 1974 by the city council to denote the central business district. Uptown is divided into four wards, each with its distinct characteristics.
First Ward: Primarily residential, the First Ward has recently seen increased commercial development due to Charlotte's overall growth, public transportation, and the presence of the Hornets arena. The neighborhood is undergoing an identity change, transitioning from public housing to a mixed-use area. It is described as a clean and energetic neighborhood nestled among the surrounding skyscrapers.
Second Ward: The Second Ward is home to the city's government center and is the least lively of the four wards. The area faced challenges with a misguided real estate project in the 1960s. Today, it can offer decent investment opportunities for those willing to wait for the city's growth to catch up. However, it may not be ideal for those seeking a vibrant social atmosphere. On the positive side, parking is more readily available in this ward.
Third Ward: The Third Ward is a historic neighborhood reflecting its blue-collar industrial heritage. It is home to Bank of America Stadium, the iconic venue for the Carolina Panthers, making it attractive for real estate investors and sports enthusiasts. Third Ward Park is also located here and hosts the Charlotte Knights, a triple-A baseball team. The area comes alive with community events, baseball games, and vibrant nightlife during the spring and summer. The Third Ward offers a mix of historic bungalows, modern condos, townhomes, recreational fields, and dog parks.
Fourth Ward: The Fourth Ward is the most popular of the four wards and features charming Victorian homes and quiet streets in the historic district. It underwent revitalization efforts in the 1970s led by the Junior League in partnership with Bank of America. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing options and is within walking distance of Uptown's dining, employment opportunities, and events. The Fourth Ward is experiencing significant commercial growth that blends seamlessly with the quaint residential areas, condos, and retail spaces.
The Fourth Ward neighborhood is known for its vibrant atmosphere and convenient proximity to Uptown's amenities, making it a highly desirable place to live in Charlotte.

Overview for Uptown, NC

13,962 people live in Uptown, where the median age is 32 and the average individual income is $67,358. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Uptown, NC

There's plenty to do around Uptown, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including A Tana Empanada, Crumbled Nut Bake Shop, and Evoke Coffee.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.05 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.61 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.88 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.3 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.54 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.13 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Uptown, NC

Uptown has 8,089 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Uptown do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,962 people call Uptown home. The population density is 11,966.432 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Uptown, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Uptown. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Irwin Academic Center
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PreK - 12th
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First Ward Creative Arts Academy
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Trinity Episcopal School
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