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+FA+A+B+AB+
2Cary, NCPopulation: 136,62785A+DAAAAB+
3Apex, NCPopulation: 37,58985A+D+AA+AB+B+
4Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42284B+B+A+AB+BB+
5Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00084A+D+A+A+BB+B+
6Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66384AD+AA+B+B+B+
7Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81883A+D+B+AB+B+B+
8Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08883A+DB+ABAB+
9Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88982A+D+B+AB+B+B+
10Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36082ABB+ABBA
11Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56682B+D+AA+B+B+B+
12Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11782BB+A+B+BBA
13Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65682AD+AAB+B+B+
14Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37782BA+AABBB+
15Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49382AC+BA+BBB+
16Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07882AABABC+B+
17Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43382DFA+A+A+A+B+
18Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88582A+B+ABCBB+
19Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16582C+CAA+B+B+A
20Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88782AD+A+AC+B+A
21Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51682A+CBABBB+
22Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63881ACAAB+BB+
23Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20581AA+B+BC+C+B+
24Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04581CAB+AB+C+A
25Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74381AD+B+AB+BB+
26Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35481B+CA+AC+BB+
27Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20281BDAA+AAB+
28Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57781CDB+A+A+AB+
29Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56781B+B+BABBB+
30Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08981AB+B+B+CBB+
31Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73081FAB+A+A+BB+
32Concord, NCPopulation: 79,17181A+B+BBC+BB+
33Rutherfordton, NCPopulation: 4,21581AB+B+BC+BB+
34Ogden, NCPopulation: 6,68881ADB+ABB+A
35Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36081ACC+AB+BB+
36Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77981D+FA+A+AAB+
37Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60580B+ACB+BC+B+
38Brevard, NCPopulation: 7,56680A+ABB+CBB+
39Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65280B+D+B+ABB+A
40Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65280CD+A+ABB+B+
41Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89080B+CB+ABBB+
42Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06480BABB+BBB+
43Flat Rock, NCPopulation: 3,12080CDA+A+B+AB+
44Raleigh, NCPopulation: 405,00780A+CCAC+BB+
45Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70280A+DC+ACAB+
46Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15680A+ACBBBB+
47Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83680D+DA+A+B+AB+
48Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BCABBB+
49Garner, NCPopulation: 25,78480B+B+CABBB+
50Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66580BA+ABCCB+
51Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43680BCB+A+BBB+
52Greensboro, NCPopulation: 270,61980A+A+DB+CC+B+
53Mooresville, NCPopulation: 32,46280A+BCB+C+BB
54Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+B+DB+C+BB+
55Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28180B+AB+BCC+B+
56Havelock, NCPopulation: 20,67080B+B+BAC+C+A
57Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51180C+DA+B+BAB+
58Durham, NCPopulation: 229,96380A+ADB+C+BB+
59Mebane, NCPopulation: 11,50280AAD+B+C+BB+
60Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87379D+FAA+B+AA
61Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50679B+ABBC+C+B+
62Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27279C+CAABBA
63Hudson, NCPopulation: 3,73179BA+BBC+CB
64Asheville, NCPopulation: 83,79679A+BD+B+CBB+
65Nags Head, NCPopulation: 2,77279C+FA+AC+AA
66Weaverville, NCPopulation: 3,48079AD+C+AC+B+B+
67Bryson City, NCPopulation: 1,70179AA+B+C+CC+B
68Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69879BBAAD+BB+
69Fayetteville, NCPopulation: 200,43979A+A+FB+CCB+
70Pittsboro, NCPopulation: 3,75479A+ACBCBB+
71Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43179BD+B+ABBA
72Taylortown, NCPopulation: 1,01279AA+BBCD+B+
73Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07079BABBBBB+
74Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50779C+A+ABCCB
75Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68079AD+CABBB+
76Tryon, NCPopulation: 1,68079B+BBB+CBB+
77Barker Heights, NCPopulation: 1,67079A+A+BD+D+CB+
78Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20779C+CB+AC+BA
79Hendersonville, NCPopulation: 13,12279A+ADBCBB+
80Granite Quarry, NCPopulation: 2,89379CA+BB+C+C+B+
81Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13979C+ABB+BBB+
82Fearrington Village, NCPopulation: 2,60079FD+A+A+B+AB+
83Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48479FFAA+A+A+B+
84Hillsborough, NCPopulation: 6,11479A+BCBC+BB+
85Carolina Beach, NCPopulation: 5,75578ADC+ABB+A
86Swansboro, NCPopulation: 2,63778C+CAAC+BB+
87Greenville, NCPopulation: 84,44578A+ADB+D+C+A
88Kannapolis, NCPopulation: 42,84578AA+BC+CC+B+
89Ocean Isle Beach, NCPopulation: 72878C+FB+A+BA+A
90Lake Junaluska, NCPopulation: 3,00778C+D+AABB+B
91Leland, NCPopulation: 13,73278C+CBABBA
92Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7978ADBB+B+B+B
93Stedman, NCPopulation: 1,16978CAB+BC+C+A
94High Point, NCPopulation: 104,39478A+A+DBCC+B+
95Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92278FFB+A+A+AA
96Wendell, NCPopulation: 5,89278BA+BB+CC+B+
97Ocracoke, NCPopulation: 59178C+FB+A+C+AA
98Murfreesboro, NCPopulation: 2,80578BA+C+B+CCB+
99Skippers Corner, NCPopulation: 2,70678CC+B+BBBA
100Fairview, NCPopulation: 3,38478D+D+AAB+B+B+
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