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
1Apex, NCPopulation: 37,58987A+D+A+A+AB+B+
2Cary, NCPopulation: 136,62787A+DA+AAAB+
3Davidson, NCPopulation: 10,90386A+DA+A+B+AB+
4Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60586B+A+A+B+BC+B+
5Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42286B+BA+AB+BB+
6Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66385AD+A+A+B+B+B+
7Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36085AB+A+ABBA
8Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63884ACA+AB+BB+
9Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00084A+DA+A+BB+B+
10Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92284FBA+A+A+AA
11Bald Head Island, NCPopulation: 13884FBA+A+AA+A
12Advance, NCPopulation: 1,00584DA+A+AB+B+B+
13Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56684B+D+A+A+B+B+B+
14Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88984A+D+A+AB+B+B+
15Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20284BDA+A+AAB+
16Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73084FA+A+A+A+BB+
17Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07884AAAABC+B+
18Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04583CAA+AB+C+A
19Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57783CDA+A+A+AB+
20Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81883A+D+B+AB+B+B+
21Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89083B+C+A+ABBB+
22Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08883A+FAABAB+
23Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65683ACAAB+B+B+
24Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51683A+CBABBB+
25Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43383DFA+A+A+A+B+
26Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49383ACAA+BBB+
27Ogden, NCPopulation: 6,68883ADA+ABB+A
28Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20582AA+A+BC+C+B+
29Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65282B+D+A+ABB+A
30Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77982D+FA+A+AAB+
31Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16582C+D+A+A+B+B+A
32Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37782BAA+ABBB+
33Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06482BAAB+BBB+
34Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69882BB+A+AD+BB+
35Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83682D+D+A+A+B+AB+
36Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43682BC+A+A+BBB+
37Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11782BCA+B+BBA
38Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87382D+FA+A+B+AA
39Flat Rock, NCPopulation: 3,12082CFA+A+B+AB+
40Duck, NCPopulation: 44982BFA+A+BA+B+
41Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35482B+D+A+AC+BB+
42Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74382ACAAB+BB+
43Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65282CDA+ABB+B+
44Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27282C+CA+ABBA
45Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36081ACC+AB+BB+
46Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88581A+C+A+BCBB+
47Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13981C+AA+B+BBB+
48Lake Santeetlah, NCPopulation: 4181FA+A+ABAB
49Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66581BA+A+BCCB+
50Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7981ACA+B+B+B+B
51Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48481FFA+A+A+A+B+
52Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28181B+B+A+BCC+B+
53Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50781C+A+A+BCCB
54Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68081ABC+ABBB+
55Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51181C+DA+B+BAB+
56Scotch Meadows, NCPopulation: 49381FA+A+AB+BB+
57Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43181BD+A+ABBA
58Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20781C+CA+AC+BA
59Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56780B+B+C+ABBB+
60Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BCABBB+
61Raleigh, NCPopulation: 405,00780A+CCAC+BB+
62Summerfield, NCPopulation: 10,16080CDA+AAAB+
63Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08980AC+AB+CBB+
64Skippers Corner, NCPopulation: 2,70680CC+A+BBBA
65Stedman, NCPopulation: 1,16980CAA+BC+C+A
66Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07080BAB+BBBB+
67Rutherfordton, NCPopulation: 4,21580AC+ABC+BB+
68Avon, NCPopulation: 55280CD+A+B+B+B+A
69Ocracoke, NCPopulation: 59180C+FA+A+C+AA
70Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50680B+ABBC+C+B+
71Hudson, NCPopulation: 3,73180BA+B+BC+CB
72Woodfin, NCPopulation: 6,04480B+B+A+CCC+B+
73Lewisville, NCPopulation: 12,78580C+ACABBB+
74Sunset Beach, NCPopulation: 3,54680D+DA+ABB+A
75Fairview, NCPopulation: 3,38480D+D+A+AB+B+B+
76Granite Quarry, NCPopulation: 2,89380CA+AB+C+C+B+
77Bayshore, NCPopulation: 3,89980CDA+B+BB+A
78Wanchese, NCPopulation: 1,93480D+CA+B+BBA
79Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+ADB+C+BB+
80Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15680A+AD+BBBB+
81Lake Junaluska, NCPopulation: 3,00780C+D+A+ABB+B
82Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70280A+DC+ACAB+
83Murfreesboro, NCPopulation: 2,80580BAAB+CCB+
84Hatteras, NCPopulation: 54380C+FA+ABA+A
85Columbus, NCPopulation: 1,51680BAA+C+CCB+
86Moyock, NCPopulation: 3,43280C+DA+BB+B+B+
87Mooresville, NCPopulation: 32,46280A+B+D+B+C+BB
88Barker Heights, NCPopulation: 1,67080A+AAD+D+CB+
89Mineral Springs, NCPopulation: 2,68379D+AA+BC+BB+
90Mount Pleasant, NCPopulation: 1,57079FAA+B+C+BB+
91Fearrington Village, NCPopulation: 2,60079FDA+A+B+AB+
92Richlands, NCPopulation: 1,76179C+C+A+B+CBB+
93Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88779AD+BAC+B+A
94Seven Lakes, NCPopulation: 5,53379FD+A+A+B+B+B+
95Grandfather, NCPopulation: 8579FCA+A+AA+C+
96Oakboro, NCPopulation: 1,90279D+A+A+C+C+C+B+
97Oriental, NCPopulation: 86179CDA+ABAA
98White Plains, NCPopulation: 1,03379BA+A+CCCB
99Catawba, NCPopulation: 59879D+A+A+B+C+CB
100Eastover, NCPopulation: 3,64079CAABC+C+B+
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