Best Charlotte Suburbs for Families
What you need to to know about living north, south, east and west of Charlotte’s city center.
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Sweet South Carolina Suburbs
Why nearby South Carolina attracts families to put down roots.
By Michele Huggins
Drive 30 minutes south down Interstate 77 from Charlotte’s Center City and you’ll find yourself in South Carolina. With lower taxes and a laid-back surburban community vibe, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Lake Wylie draw families to call these communities home.
The town of Fort Mill is home to approximately 15,000 residents. Its schools get some if the highest marks in the state. Anne Springs Close Greenway is a gem for the city. The 2,100-acre nature preserve offers hiking and biking trails, lakes for canoeing and programming for children throughout the year. Fort Mill Community Playhouse offers drama camps for kids and produces musicals, a youth production and a dinner theater production each year.
South of Fort Mill is the town of Rock Hill. It is the largest city in York County and fifth largest in the state of South Carolina. Rock Hill has one of the top school districts in the state and is home to Winthrop University. Old Town Rock Hill features unique restaurants, a vibrant art scene, live music, street festivals and plenty of history. Catch a concert at the Old Town Amphitheater on a Food Truck Friday during summer months.
Tega Cay/Lake Wylie
The waterfront community of Tega Cay attracts those who love lakeside living with plenty of parks, biking and hiking, golf and boating opportunities. Catch a live musical concert at Runde Park during the summer. Explore Lake Wylie on a pontoon boat, kayak or jet ski rented from Lake Wylie Boat Rental.
Michele Huggins is the editor of Charlotte Parent magazine.