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: 37,58986A+D+A+A+AB+B+
2Cary, NCPopulation: 136,62786A+DA+AAAB+
3Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36085AB+A+ABBA
4Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92284FBA+A+A+AA
5Bald Head Island, NCPopulation: 13884FBA+A+AA+A
6Advance, NCPopulation: 1,00584DA+A+AB+B+B+
7Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73084FA+A+A+A+BB+
8Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88984A+D+A+AB+B+B+
9Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04583CAA+AB+C+A
10Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66383BD+A+A+B+B+B+
11Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60583CA+A+B+BC+B+
12Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56683BD+A+A+B+B+B+
13Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08883A+FAABAB+
14Davidson, NCPopulation: 10,90383B+DA+A+B+AB+
15Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63883BCA+AB+BB+
16Lake Santeetlah, NCPopulation: 4183FA+A+ABAB
17Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42283D+BA+AB+BB+
18Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43383DFA+A+A+A+B+
19Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07883BAAABC+B+
20Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51682A+CBABBB+
21Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65682B+CAAB+B+B+
22Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81882A+D+B+AB+B+B+
23Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89082BC+A+ABBB+
24Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69882BB+A+AD+BB+
25Seven Lakes, NCPopulation: 5,53382CD+A+A+B+B+B+
26Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83682D+D+A+A+B+AB+
27Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35482AD+A+AC+BB+
28Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87382D+FA+A+B+AA
29Duck, NCPopulation: 44982BFA+A+BA+B+
30Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20282D+DA+A+AAB+
31Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27282C+CA+ABBA
32Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00082C+DA+A+BB+B+
33Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37781CAA+ABBB+
34Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7981ACA+B+B+B+B
35Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28181B+B+A+BCC+B+
36Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88581AC+A+BCBB+
37Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68081ABC+ABBB+
38Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51181C+DA+B+BAB+
39Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36081ACC+AB+BB+
40Scotch Meadows, NCPopulation: 49381FA+A+AB+BB+
41Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49381C+CAA+BBB+
42Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43181BD+A+ABBA
43Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06480CAAB+BBB+
44Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65280CD+A+ABB+A
45Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16580DD+A+A+B+B+A
46Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BCABBB+
47Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11780CCA+B+BBA
48Stedman, NCPopulation: 1,16980CAA+BC+C+A
49Avon, NCPopulation: 55280CD+A+B+B+B+A
50Ocracoke, NCPopulation: 59180C+FA+A+C+AA
51Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20580C+A+A+BC+C+B+
52Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77980FFA+A+AAB+
53Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50780CA+A+BCCB
54Fairview, NCPopulation: 3,38480D+D+A+AB+B+B+
55Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74380C+CAAB+BB+
56Wanchese, NCPopulation: 1,93480D+CA+B+BBA
57Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+ADB+C+BB+
58Hatteras, NCPopulation: 54380C+FA+ABA+A
59Columbus, NCPopulation: 1,51680BAA+C+CCB+
60Moyock, NCPopulation: 3,43280C+DA+BB+B+B+
61Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08980B+C+AB+CBB+
62Barker Heights, NCPopulation: 1,67080A+AAD+D+CB+
63Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56780BB+C+ABBB+
64Mount Pleasant, NCPopulation: 1,57079FAA+B+C+BB+
65Fearrington Village, NCPopulation: 2,60079FDA+A+B+AB+
66Richlands, NCPopulation: 1,76179C+C+A+B+CBB+
67Grandfather, NCPopulation: 8579FCA+A+AA+C+
68Oakboro, NCPopulation: 1,90279D+A+A+C+C+C+B+
69Oriental, NCPopulation: 86179CDA+ABAA
70White Plains, NCPopulation: 1,03379BA+A+CCCB
71Catawba, NCPopulation: 59879D+A+A+B+C+CB
72Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70279A+DC+ACAB+
73Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15679AAD+BBBB+
74Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13979DAA+B+BBB+
75Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48479FFA+A+A+A+B+
76Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66579D+A+A+BCCB+
77Taylortown, NCPopulation: 1,01279AAABCD+B+
78Horse Shoe, NCPopulation: 2,77079DDA+ABB+B+
79Hemby Bridge, NCPopulation: 1,35879CAA+CC+C+B+
80Woodfin, NCPopulation: 6,04479BB+A+CCC+B+
81Kure Beach, NCPopulation: 1,87679FFA+A+BAA
82Bath, NCPopulation: 23779FBB+ABBA
83Durham, NCPopulation: 229,96379A+AFB+C+BB+
84Garner, NCPopulation: 25,78479B+B+D+ABBB+
85Claremont, NCPopulation: 1,55679CA+AB+C+C+B
86Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65279FDA+ABB+B+
87Sunset Beach, NCPopulation: 3,54679DDA+ABB+A
88Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88779AD+BAC+B+A
89Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07079CAB+BBBB+
90Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20779D+CA+AC+BA
91Kernersville, NCPopulation: 23,06279A+AFB+C+BB+
92Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57779FDA+A+A+AB+
93Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43679FC+A+A+BBB+
94Rutherford College, NCPopulation: 1,26779CA+A+C+C+C+B
95Alamance, NCPopulation: 80779DD+A+B+B+B+B+
96St. James, NCPopulation: 3,20678FFA+AB+AA
97Lewisville, NCPopulation: 12,78578CACABBB+
98Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50678C+ABBC+C+B+
99Pilot Mountain, NCPopulation: 1,58778CA+A+BD+C+B
100Avery Creek, NCPopulation: 2,43278FCA+A+BBB+
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