39 Signs That You Might Actually Be From Charlotte

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Are you one of those rare jewels who actually grew up in Charlotte? (like you physically attended elementary, middle, and high school at CMS – or one of those fancy southern private schools)

If you aren’t quite sure, here are 39 ways to know if you really did;

  • You don’t speak with a NY accent.

  • You prefer Price’s Chicken Coop to any and all other fried chickens.

  • You continue to use the original names for all the rides at Carowinds (Top Gun).

top gun carowinds charlotte

  • You remember seeing concerts at the Charlotte Coliseum and thinking to yourself “this place is huge”!

  • Your high school turns into a church on Sunday.

  • You know that there’s no such thing as ‘downtown Charlotte’

charlotte uptown not downtown

  • You’ve seen your favorite band at Tremont, Amos’, or the Fillmore.

  • You’ve gotten lost on Queen’s Road before.

  • You haven’t been to the NASCAR Hall of Fame because you’re not from Mooresville.

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  • You remember when the roof caved in at South Park.

  • You know at least 3 people who work for Bank of America.

  • You rode the light rail to Speed Street at least once.

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  • You know at least 3 people who go to Elevation.

  • You’ve watched Homeland just to see if you recognize parts of Charlotte or people.

  • You’ve gone to McAdenville during the holidays, sat in traffic for an hour, then drove through the town in 10 minutes.

McAdenville charlotte

  • You know that barbecue is a noun, not a verb.

  • Your favorite place to do homework, go on dates, hang out with friends, get coffee, read a book, or car pool is Amelie’s.

  • You’re thankful the buzz is back!

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  • You understand that Charlotte has four seasons: Humid, Very Humid, Insanely Humid, and Christmas.

  • You still call it Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (what’s PNC?).

  • NoDa always makes you feel super artsy.

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  • You know someone who has hit a deer while driving.

  • Your route to Myrtle Beach is the best.

  • You think the government is using that giant Christmas tree on 485 to spy on you (they’re not fooling anyone – and here’s proof).

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  • You’ve been to Kate’s Skates with your youth group on Monday night.

  • You know to never, EVER drive on Providence Road at 5:00. Under ANY circumstances.

  • More importantly, you know to avoid the south part of 485 at all costs.

charlotte 485 at rush hour

  • Red means “stop,” green means “go,” and yellow means “floor it!”

  • You get annoyed when people say they’re from Charlotte when they’re actually from Fort Mill or Lake Norman.

  • You’ve had school canceled because of the possibility of a snowflake.

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  • You know the Arboretum isn’t a place where they grow trees

  • You love Ace & TJ.

  • Chick-fil-A was a vital part of high school.

charlotte chick fil a high school

  • You know “Carolina” means UNC.

  • You’re considered an endangered species if you AND one of your parents grew up in Charlotte.

  • You know that construction will never end at Charlotte Douglas Airport.

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  • You can drive on the same road and it will change names 4 times.

  • You’ve been to at least 50 different Harris Teeters.

  • You’re thankful for the growth but not the traffic.

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