Charlotte, North Carolina 

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Health in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina is a metropolitan city that offers its citizens a variety of healthcare options. The city boasts numerous hospitals and medical facilities that are able to provide high-quality care to those living in Charlotte. Residents have access to some of the best physicians and specialists in the country, which allows them to receive timely and effective care. In addition, there are several free clinics in the area offering basic medical services for those who may not be able to afford private health insurance. This ensures that everyone has access to health care when they need it, no matter what their financial situation is. Charlotte also provides a number of preventative health services such as immunizations, health screenings, nutrition counseling, and smoking cessation classes. All of these offerings help ensure that residents have access to the resources they need for healthy living.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 238 physicians per 100,000 population in Charlotte. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Charlotte area is 113.8 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

113.8 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Charlotte area is 60 (100=best). The US average is 55.

60 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Charlotte area is 94 (100=best). The US average is 87.

94 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Charlotte commutes 25.3 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Charlotte area is 43 (100=best). The US average is 58.

43 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Charlotte    305 Reviews
    Charlotte, NC is Nicest City in USA to live - 12/10/2022
    My favorite city to live year round with 4 seasons. We love Charlotte... Read More

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    Could Use Some Work - 9/26/2022
    This city has a lot of potential, but it could use some work. For example, it seems to lack things that other cities have. And there is a lack of atmosphere and charm.... Read More

    Pretty, Easy City - 9/27/2021
    Very new transplant (~6 weeks) so first impressions and reasons why I moved here: -great year-round weather, if you don't mind humidity-- less hot in summer than TX/AZ... Read More

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