University Park is a neighborhood in Charlotte, NC. It offers a sparse suburban feel and is popular among retirees. The schools here are also above average, making it an attractive location for families who are looking for a quiet neighborhood to raise their kids.

If you’re considering moving to University Park, you’re in the right place! Here are a few important things you need to know about living in the area.

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Many people enjoy living in the University Park area thanks to the relatively mild weather. While the summers tend to be hot and muggy, the winters are short and cool. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you’ll love the weather from early May to mid-June and late August to early October.

On average, high temperatures are around 89° and lows are around 33°. The rainy season runs from mid-May through the end of August, with the chance of rain being about 31% on any given day. It also occasionally snows in University Park. January tends to be the snowiest month, with an average of 2.8 inches of snowfall.


There are 74 public schools and 104 private schools in the University Park area. Generally, schools here are highly rated. Some of the A+ rated schools include:

  • Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
  • Lake Norman Charter School
  • Providence Day School
  • Charlotte County Day School
  • Cannon School
  • Davidson Day School
  • Charlotte Christian School

There are also several excellent colleges nearby including Citadel Military College of South Carolina, College of Charleston, and Charleston Southern University.



If you’re thinking about moving to University Park, it’s important to understand that the housing market here is considered fairly competitive. Some homes get multiple offers and hot homes sell in about 35 days for around 1% higher than the listing price. On average, homes sell in about 48 days and sell for about 1% lower than the asking price. As of September 2022, the median home sale price in University Park is $280,348, which represents a 15.4% year-over-year increase.


The cost of living in the University Park area is about on par with the national average. Housing here is 1% higher than the national average, utilities are 18% higher, and groceries are 6% lower. The median cost of rent is $1,288 per month and the average energy bill is $201.33 per month. The median household income in University Park is $36,624, which is lower than North Charleston ($47,201) and lower than Charleston County ($67,182).


University Park has a population of 1,360. The median age here is 41. Approximately 41% of the population owns their home while 59% rent.



The crime rate in University Park is much higher than the average U.S. city. It’s in the 5th percentile for safety, meaning that 95% of cities across the U.S. are safer. The violent crime ranking in University Park is 69.5 out of 100, which is significantly higher than the national average of 22.7. The property crime ranking is 86.5, which is also much higher than the U.S. average of 35.4.

Generally, the west part of the University Park area is considered the safest. Here, your chances of being a victim of crime may be as low as 1 in 25. However, in the southern neighborhoods,  you have as much as a 1 in 6 chance of being a victim of a crime.


Most people who live in University Park get around by vehicle. The primary way to get to the area is via I-26. You can also reach University Park from Highway 278. It’s approximately 6 miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island and is also about 13 miles east of I-19. Other main thoroughfares include Dorchester Road and Rivers Avenue as well as Montague Ave, Ladson Road, and Ashley Phosphate.

Commuting in the University Park area tends to be fairly easy, with most people making it to work within 10 to 29 minutes. However, congestion on the roads can be pretty bad, with significant traffic coming into the North Charleston area in the mornings and out in the afternoons.

The closest airport to University Park is Charleston International (CHS), which is located near the intersection of I-526 and I-26.



There are plenty of great places to dine near University Park, including casual delis, coffee shops, dessert options, and burger joints. There are also several grocery and convenience stores nearby.

Those looking for the amenities offered by a big city will enjoy the city of Charleston, which is packed with restaurants, breweries, shops, and historical locations. King Street offers all kinds of entertainment options, and the Charleston Farmers Market, held at Marion Square in downtown Charleston, is one of the top markets in the south. For outdoor adventures, you’ll want to pay a visit to Waterfront Park, The Battery, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and Sullivan’s Island.


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