Best Places to Live in North Carolina

AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in North Carolina by using a Livability Score out of 100. The Livability Score for each city in North Carolina is calculated from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. North Carolina has a population of 9,544,249 and a population density of 181.1. The capital city is Raleigh and the largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte. To filter the results, use the filters on the left to sort by state, population and category.
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Rank City Livability Ame­nities Cost of Living Crime Edu­cation Emp­loyment Housing Weather
1Davidson, NCPopulation: 10,90385A+DA+A+B+AB+
2Cary, NCPopulation: 136,62785A+DAAAAB+
3Apex, NCPopulation: 37,58985A+D+AA+AB+B+
4Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7984AA+BB+B+B+B
5Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42284B+BA+AB+BB+
6Bald Head Island, NCPopulation: 13884FAB+A+AA+A
7Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66384AD+AA+B+B+B+
8Avon, NCPopulation: 55283CA+B+B+B+B+A
9Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36083AB+B+ABBA
10Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81883A+D+B+AB+B+B+
11Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92283FAB+A+A+AA
12Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00083A+DA+A+BB+B+
13Advance, NCPopulation: 1,00582DA+A+AB+B+B+
14Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88982A+D+B+AB+B+B+
15Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65682ACAAB+B+B+
16Grandfather, NCPopulation: 8582FA+B+A+AA+C+
17Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56682B+D+AA+B+B+B+
18Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08882A+FB+ABAB+
19Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51682A+CBABBB+
20Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07882AABABC+B+
21Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63882ACAAB+BB+
22Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43382DFA+A+A+A+B+
23Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88782AD+A+AC+B+A
24Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04582CA+B+AB+C+A
25Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20282BDAA+AAB+
26Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37782BAAABBB+
27Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73081FAB+A+A+BB+
28Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74381ACB+AB+BB+
29Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16581C+D+AA+B+B+A
30Concord, NCPopulation: 79,17181A+ABBC+BB+
31Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20581AA+B+BC+C+B+
32Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36081ACC+AB+BB+
33Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49381ACBA+BBB+
34Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57781CDB+A+A+AB+
35Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56781B+B+BABBB+
36Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89081B+C+B+ABBB+
37Ogden, NCPopulation: 6,68881ADB+ABB+A
38Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77981D+FA+A+AAB+
39Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83681D+D+A+A+B+AB+
40Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60581B+A+CB+BC+B+
41Waves, NCPopulation: 6781DA+B+A+DAB+
42Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06481BABB+BBB+
43Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68081ABCABBB+
44Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35481B+D+A+AC+BB+
45Mooresville, NCPopulation: 32,46281A+B+CB+C+BB
46Kernersville, NCPopulation: 23,06280A+AD+B+C+BB+
47Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65280B+D+B+ABB+A
48Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15680A+ACBBBB+
49Indian Beach, NCPopulation: 12180DABA+CAB+
50Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+ADB+C+BB+
51Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11780BCA+B+BBA
52Raleigh, NCPopulation: 405,00780A+CCAC+BB+
53Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43680BC+B+A+BBB+
54Lake Santeetlah, NCPopulation: 4180FA+B+ABAB
55Flat Rock, NCPopulation: 3,12080CFA+A+B+AB+
56Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88580A+C+ABCBB+
57Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65280CDA+ABB+B+
58Durham, NCPopulation: 229,96380A+ADB+C+BB+
59Lewisville, NCPopulation: 12,78580C+ACABBB+
60Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BCABBB+
61Garner, NCPopulation: 25,78480B+B+CABBB+
62Frisco, NCPopulation: 11980DA+BC+B+BA
63Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69880BB+AAD+BB+
64Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50680B+ABBC+C+B+
65Hoopers Creek, NCPopulation: 1,13180DA+B+AC+BB+
66Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70280A+DC+ACAB+
67Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51180C+DA+B+BAB+
68Salvo, NCPopulation: 5279FA+CA+ACB+
69Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66579BA+ABCCB+
70Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87379D+FAA+B+AA
71Hudson, NCPopulation: 3,73179BA+BBC+CB
72Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08979AC+B+B+CBB+
73Rutherfordton, NCPopulation: 4,21579AC+B+BC+BB+
74Nags Head, NCPopulation: 2,77279C+DA+AC+AA
75Greensboro, NCPopulation: 270,61979A+ADB+CC+B+
76Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27279C+CAABBA
77Bryson City, NCPopulation: 1,70179AA+B+C+CC+B
78Deercroft, NCPopulation: 45779FA+B+AB+AB+
79Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07079BABBBBB+
80Fayetteville, NCPopulation: 200,43979A+A+FB+CCB+
81Tryon, NCPopulation: 1,68079B+BBB+CBB+
82Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50779C+A+ABCCB
83Brevard, NCPopulation: 7,56679A+BBB+CBB+
84Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13979C+ABB+BBB+
85Mebane, NCPopulation: 11,50279AAD+B+C+BB+
86Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43179BD+B+ABBA
87Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28179B+B+B+BCC+B+
88Winston-Salem, NCPopulation: 230,03079A+A+FBCC+B+
89Weaverville, NCPopulation: 3,48079AD+C+AC+B+B+
90Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48479FFAA+A+A+B+
91Bath, NCPopulation: 23779FABABBA
92Havelock, NCPopulation: 20,67079B+BBAC+C+A
93Kannapolis, NCPopulation: 42,84579AA+BC+CC+B+
94Carolina Beach, NCPopulation: 5,75578ADC+ABB+A
95Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20778C+CB+AC+BA
96Granite Quarry, NCPopulation: 2,89378CA+BB+C+C+B+
97Scotch Meadows, NCPopulation: 49378FAB+AB+BB+
98Indian Trail, NCPopulation: 33,24678ABD+B+BBB+
99Summerfield, NCPopulation: 10,16078CDB+AAAB+
100Leland, NCPopulation: 13,73278C+CBABBA
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