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 9,848,060 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+
4Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42284B+BA+AB+BB+
5Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66384AD+AA+B+B+B+
6Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36083AB+B+ABBA
7Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81883A+D+B+AB+B+B+
8Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00083A+DA+A+BB+B+
9Advance, NCPopulation: 1,00583DA+A+AB+B+B+
10Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88982A+D+B+AB+B+B+
11Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92282FBB+A+A+AA
12Bald Head Island, NCPopulation: 13882FBB+A+AA+A
13Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65682ACAAB+B+B+
14Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56682B+D+AA+B+B+B+
15Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08882A+FB+ABAB+
16Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73082FA+B+A+A+BB+
17Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51682A+CBABBB+
18Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07882AABABC+B+
19Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63882ACAAB+BB+
20Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43382DFA+A+A+A+B+
21Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88782AD+A+AC+B+A
22Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20282BDAA+AAB+
23Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37782BAAABBB+
24Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74381ACB+AB+BB+
25Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16581C+D+AA+B+B+A
26Concord, NCPopulation: 79,17181A+ABBC+BB+
27Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04581CAB+AB+C+A
28Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20581AA+B+BC+C+B+
29Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36081ACC+AB+BB+
30Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49381ACBA+BBB+
31Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57781CDB+A+A+AB+
32Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56781B+B+BABBB+
33Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89081B+C+B+ABBB+
34Ogden, NCPopulation: 6,68881ADB+ABB+A
35Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77981D+FA+A+AAB+
36Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83681D+D+A+A+B+AB+
37Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60581B+A+CB+BC+B+
38Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06481BABB+BBB+
39Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35481B+D+A+AC+BB+
40Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68081ABCABBB+
41Mooresville, NCPopulation: 32,46280A+B+CB+C+BB
42Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65280B+D+B+ABB+A
43Kernersville, NCPopulation: 23,06280A+AD+B+C+BB+
44Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15680A+ACBBBB+
45Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+ADB+C+BB+
46Raleigh, NCPopulation: 405,00780A+CCAC+BB+
47Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11780BCA+B+BBA
48Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43680BC+B+A+BBB+
49Flat Rock, NCPopulation: 3,12080CFA+A+B+AB+
50Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88580A+C+ABCBB+
51Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65280CDA+ABB+B+
52Durham, NCPopulation: 229,96380A+ADB+C+BB+
53Lewisville, NCPopulation: 12,78580C+ACABBB+
54Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BCABBB+
55Garner, NCPopulation: 25,78480B+B+CABBB+
56Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69880BB+AAD+BB+
57Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50680B+ABBC+C+B+
58Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70280A+DC+ACAB+
59Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51180C+DA+B+BAB+
60Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7980ACBB+B+B+B
61Lake Santeetlah, NCPopulation: 4179FA+B+ABAB
62Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87379D+FAA+B+AA
63Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66579BA+ABCCB+
64Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08979AC+B+B+CBB+
65Hudson, NCPopulation: 3,73179BA+BBC+CB
66Rutherfordton, NCPopulation: 4,21579AC+B+BC+BB+
67Indian Beach, NCPopulation: 12179DB+BA+CAB+
68Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27279C+CAABBA
69Nags Head, NCPopulation: 2,77279C+DA+AC+AA
70Greensboro, NCPopulation: 270,61979A+ADB+CC+B+
71Bryson City, NCPopulation: 1,70179AA+B+C+CC+B
72Fayetteville, NCPopulation: 200,43979A+A+FB+CCB+
73Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07079BABBBBB+
74Tryon, NCPopulation: 1,68079B+BBB+CBB+
75Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50779C+A+ABCCB
76Brevard, NCPopulation: 7,56679A+BBB+CBB+
77Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43179BD+B+ABBA
78Scotch Meadows, NCPopulation: 49379FA+B+AB+BB+
79Mebane, NCPopulation: 11,50279AAD+B+C+BB+
80Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13979C+ABB+BBB+
81Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28179B+B+B+BCC+B+
82Winston-Salem, NCPopulation: 230,03079A+A+FBCC+B+
83Weaverville, NCPopulation: 3,48079AD+C+AC+B+B+
84Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48479FFAA+A+A+B+
85Havelock, NCPopulation: 20,67079B+BBAC+C+A
86Kannapolis, NCPopulation: 42,84579AA+BC+CC+B+
87Carolina Beach, NCPopulation: 5,75578ADC+ABB+A
88Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20778C+CB+AC+BA
89Granite Quarry, NCPopulation: 2,89378CA+BB+C+C+B+
90Indian Trail, NCPopulation: 33,24678ABD+B+BBB+
91Summerfield, NCPopulation: 10,16078CDB+AAAB+
92Avon, NCPopulation: 55278CD+B+B+B+B+A
93Ocracoke, NCPopulation: 59178C+FB+A+C+AA
94Leland, NCPopulation: 13,73278C+CBABBA
95Ocean Isle Beach, NCPopulation: 72878C+FB+A+BA+A
96Stedman, NCPopulation: 1,16978CAB+BC+C+A
97Wendell, NCPopulation: 5,89278BA+BB+CC+B+
98Swansboro, NCPopulation: 2,63778C+D+AAC+BB+
99Hickory, NCPopulation: 40,07578A+A+DBCC+B
100Barker Heights, NCPopulation: 1,67078A+ABD+D+CB+
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