Best Places To Live In NC


By:  Brian Jameson, Southern Pines Today Reporter

Some might say wherever there is a college basketball team, a NASCAR track, a sunny beach, a snowy mountain, great BBQ, or a hoppy crafted beer. 

The Tar Heel state takes eight hours to drive from the Outer Banks on its East Coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains on its Western border. You’ll never hear a North Carolinian say that they are bored: the eight hour trek unravels the state’s rich history around every Tar Heel corner.

The Outer Banks has pirate lore and shipwrecks, battles were lost and won in the Piedmont’s back yard, and ancient Cherokee stories continue to be told around ceremonial fires in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Craft beer, BBQ, and NASCAR aside, North Carolina has a lot to offer and it is no surprise that the Tar Heel State is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous in the U.S. 

Currently 38% of North Carolinians are college-educated and with top colleges and universities like Duke and UNC, that percentage is sure to increase. According to Forbes Magazine, North Carolina was chosen as the third best state for business.

So grab a BBQ sammie and a pint of your favorite craft beer and read on to discover the Best Cities in North Carolina.

The Top 10 Best Places

#1 Cary 



Holly Springs



Chapel Hill 


Wake Forest


But what city is the best place to live in North Carolina for 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Cary is the best place to live in North Carolina if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of North Carolina, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 73 counties in the state.

Top 5 Best Counties

Orange County 

Wake County 

Cabarrus County 

Polk County

Moore County 

To give you the best county in North Carolina, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place.   With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

Violent Crime Rates, Property Crime Rates, Median Home Values, Median Income, Unemployment Rates etc.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in North Carolina according to the data:

Robeson County

Anson County

Scotland County

By:  Brian Jameson, Southern Pines Today Reporter

Source Homesnack


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