I know this is way off topic but I am considering relocating from washington DC to Charlotte NC and would like some information from cowboy fans who live or are very familliar with the area. I have posted on several NC message boards and have recieved zero responses. I was hopping that some would respond here before this thread is moved. My main motivation for relocating is to improve the quality of life for my family and to provide my children with better educational opportunities. DC has some of the highest taxes in the nation and with the urban migration, my property taxes have increased by nearly 35% in the past 2 years. To make matters worst, for all of the taxes we pay DC has one of the worst public schools systems in the country. Finally, the political bureaucracy of DC is very demanding and has caused me to miss out on valuable time with my family. Thus, I am looking for a slower, more relaxed way of life. My main concern for leaving DC is that I truly enjoy the cultural amenities and the diversity offered by the city. My question to those who have relocated from other metropolitan cities along the East Coast is what are your experiences/ perceptions/ likes/ dislikes of the change from your change in environment. I would also like to know if anyone could provide any additional information on the Mecklenburg school system, especially, your opinion of Providence High School and South Meck. High School, or any other high school that would be considered comparable. I would also be interested in knowing which would be preferable to send my children. I'm not only focused on test scores (I can get that info from various web sites) but also extra-curricular activities, socialization, college prepatory programs etc. In short, if you were to choose between these 2 schools or another school for a complete educational experience, which would you choose and why. Finally, I am currently interested in homes in the Ballantyne CC, Providence CC and surrounding areas. Of these locations is their one you would recommend over the other. I started my search here based on my school research so if their are schools preferable to the ones that I mentioned above are there other locations you would recommend. I am specifically looking for an area that is family focused, safe and provides outdoor recreational activities i.e., bike/walking trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, community centers etc. am looking for a home not to exceed $800k. I appreciate whatever responses you may have regarding my questions. Thanks in advance for any responses.