Fast Facts - South End in a Glance. 

Whether you live here, work here or just visit for the restaurants, breweries and shopping, South End draws you in with a discovery around every corner. From industrial origins to design renaissance to vibrant urban district, this place blends old and new in a way unlike anyplace else.

Last Update: November 2020

Work Here

  • 17,180 workers
  • 3.35 Million SF office under construction or planned
  • 6 coworking spaces
  • 120 Hotel rooms
  • 380 Hotel rooms under construction or planned

Live Here

  • 12,000 Residents
  • 54% of Residents between 20-39 years of age
  • $81,094 Median household income
  • 5,176 Market rate housing units
  • 3,802 Additional residential units are under construction or planned
  • 3.5 Miles of the Charlotte Rail Trail accessible
  • 23 fitness studios
  • 28 salons and spas


  • 1.9 Million SF of retail shops and restaurants
  • 371,000 SF Retail under construction or planned
  • 6 Craft breweries in South End, plus 4 more, 2 ciderworks and 1 distillery nearby in LoSo
  • 98 restaurants and 124 shops
  • 102 shops and restaurants are locally-owned


  • 25,900 Average daily light rail riders
  • 4 Lynx light rail stations (Carson, Bland, East/West, and New Bern stations)
  • 8,892,100 Light rail passengers boarded annually
  • 19.3 Miles of light rail service accessible
  • 26 light rail stations from UNC Charlotte to South Blvd./I-485
  • 5 Charlotte Joyrides bike share stations


Charlotte Center City Partners’ research department produces regular reports on the economy and vitality of South End and Center City Charlotte overall.

South End Fast Facts (2019)

State of the Center City (2020)

South End Development Report (2020)

South End Resident Snapshot (2017)

Center City 2020 Vision Plan



Kristine Canales, Research Director, Charlotte Center City Partners: 

Megan Liddle Gude, Vice President for South End:

Carlin Kennedy, South End Programs Coordinator: