Charlotte, SC (CNN) When you hear a phrase like “Charlotte, South Carolina,” you might think it’s just another place in the state, but it’s not.
In fact, this is one of the poorest parts of the state and has been in the spotlight for a long time.
The area, which stretches from South Carolina’s western edge, to the border of Tennessee and Alabama, is the second-largest city in the US, after Houston.
Its median home price is $1.7 million.
Charlotte’s population is around 11.5 million, with the largest population being around 10.2 million.
The area’s population also has some of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the nation, with around 12% of the population living with the virus.
There’s been a resurgence in housing construction in the past few years, with more than 30 projects underway in the last three years alone, according to the Charlotte Realty Association.
The region has seen a resurgence of the “hotels, condos and townhomes” movement, which saw construction of luxury hotels and condo projects skyrocket in the 1990s.
“We are in a situation where we’re building more houses, we’re getting more people to move into Charlotte,” said Charlotte-based property consultant David Poynton.
“I have a lot of clients who want to live in a place that’s affordable, but they have no choice.
I don’t know if I can do it.”
Charlotte-based developer Richard J. Waddell Jr. also believes that a city of more than 200,000 people will need to be created in the region.
“If we want to have a city that is as desirable as Charlotte, we have to create a city with people that want to be here,” he said.
“The city needs to be attractive.”
Charlieans are more likely to be living with HIV than anyone else in the country, and a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “almost three-quarters of all new HIV cases in the United States are diagnosed in people living in the urban core of cities.”
According to the CDC, more than 4,000 Charlotte residents were living with a HIV-positive person in 2015.
It’s not only Charlotte that’s facing a housing crisis, but many cities in the South have also seen a significant drop in rental units as well.
According to the Atlanta Fed, Atlanta’s vacancy rate is 7.4% and is more than twice the national average.