Top 10 cities where Agenda readers lived before moving to Charlotte

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Oh, you’re from New York? Not so shocking in the city of Charlotte.

Last month, we surveyed our newsletter audience to find out where they lived before moving here. Just under 3,000 people answered this question — and the results were eye-opening.

The big one: Charlotteans come from so many different places. At the bottom of this story, I’ve put a list of cities that got one response (I may have missed some).

The most popular cities racked up about 5 percent of responses.

Here are the top 10.

(1) Raleigh

The state’s capitol used to be home for about 5 percent of survey respondents. Perhaps they took the train down.

Photo by HQ Raleigh via Facebook

(1) Charlotte (tied)

Charlotte natives — you’re far from the unicorns you think you are. About 5 percent of survey respondents said they’re originally from here, an exactly equal number as the people from Raleigh.

(3) New York City

No surprise that the country’s largest city had one of the biggest ex-pat communities in Charlotte, at 4.7 percent.

New York style cheese (large, $16.74) from Bisonte Pizza

(4) Chapel Hill

Likely Carolina grads weighed in at 3.8 percent.

Photo via Facebook

(5) Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capitol came in at 3.5 percent.

(6) Atlanta

The 3.4 percent from the ATL — you like it here better, right?


Photo via Facebook

(7) Columbia, S.C.

The other Carolina came in at 3.1 percent of survey respondents.

(8) Chicago

The Chi came in at 2.1 percent.

Photo via Matt’s Chicago Dog Facebook Page

(9) Boston

About 1.6 percent are legitimate Tom Brady fans.

Boston skyline. Photo by John Stracke via Flickr (Creative Commons).

(10) Philadelphia

The city of brotherly love counts 1.3 percent as former residents.

Want to know the true unicorns?

Cities receiving one vote: Ames, Iowa; Albuquerque; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Amsterdam; Anaheim, California; Arkville, New York; Aspen, Colorado; Auckland;  Bahia, Ecuador; Beckley, West Virginia; Belgrade; Berlin; Bogota; Bombay; Branchburg, New Jersey; Breckenridge, Colorado; Buies Creek; Chernivtsi, Ukraine; Chino Hills, California; Curitiba, Brazil;  Davenport, Iowa;  Dothan, Alabama; Dubai;  Duluth, Minnesota; East Lansing, Michigan; Edinburgh, Scotland; El Granada, California; Fairbanks, Alaska; Fargo, Minnesota; Grapevine, Texas; Grinnell, Iowa;  Heidelberg, Germany; Honolulu; Iowa City;  Johannesburg, South Africa; Keller, Texas; Kennesaw, Georgia; Kiev, Ukraine; Kodiak, Alaska; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Laguna Niguel, California; Lititz, Pennsylvania; Little Elm, Texas; Missoula, Montana; Munich, Germany; Napoleon, Ohio;  Newcastle, England; Norman, Oklahoma; Padova, Italy; Penndel, Pennsylvania; Pisa, Italy; Ponsacco, Italy; Rockford, Illinois; Rockville, Maryland; Sacramento; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Seoul; Shadyside, Ohio; Sidney, Nebraska; Spokane, Washington; Sussen, Germany; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; Wasilla, Alaska; Wichita, Kansas; Winchester, Virginia; Wilton, Connecticut; Yonkers, New York; Zurich, Switzerland

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