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: 10,90387A+DA+A+B+AB+
2Apex, NCPopulation: 37,58987A+D+A+A+AB+B+
3Cary, NCPopulation: 136,62787A+DA+AAAB+
4Jamestown, NCPopulation: 3,42286B+BA+AB+BB+
5Holly Springs, NCPopulation: 24,66385AD+A+A+B+B+B+
6Cornelius, NCPopulation: 24,81885A+D+A+AB+B+B+
7Northchase, NCPopulation: 3,36085AB+A+ABBA
8Walnut Creek, NCPopulation: 92284FBA+A+A+AA
9Bald Head Island, NCPopulation: 13884FBA+A+AA+A
10Huntersville, NCPopulation: 46,65684ACA+AB+B+B+
11Wake Forest, NCPopulation: 29,88984A+D+A+AB+B+B+
12Stallings, NCPopulation: 13,63884ACA+AB+BB+
13Pinehurst, NCPopulation: 14,00084A+DA+A+BB+B+
14Rougemont, NCPopulation: 73084FA+A+A+A+BB+
15Chapel Hill, NCPopulation: 57,08884A+FA+ABAB+
16Advance, NCPopulation: 1,00584DA+A+AB+B+B+
17Oak Ridge, NCPopulation: 6,20284BDA+A+AAB+
18Waxhaw, NCPopulation: 9,74384ACA+AB+BB+
19Morrisville, NCPopulation: 18,56684B+D+A+A+B+B+B+
20Barker Ten Mile, NCPopulation: 1,04584CAA+AB+C+A
21Weddington, NCPopulation: 9,57784CDA+A+A+AB+
22Southport, NCPopulation: 2,88783AD+A+AC+B+A
23Trent Woods, NCPopulation: 4,16583C+D+A+A+B+B+A
24Clayton, NCPopulation: 16,07883AAAABC+B+
25Gibsonville, NCPopulation: 6,37783BAA+ABBB+
26Mint Hill, NCPopulation: 22,89083B+C+A+ABBB+
27Royal Pines, NCPopulation: 4,49383ACA+A+BBB+
28Ogden, NCPopulation: 6,68883ADA+ABB+A
29Matthews, NCPopulation: 27,51683A+CB+ABBB+
30Myrtle Grove, NCPopulation: 8,65283B+D+A+ABB+A
31Biltmore Forest, NCPopulation: 1,43383DFA+A+A+A+B+
32Locust, NCPopulation: 3,06482BAA+B+BBB+
33Black Mountain, NCPopulation: 7,88582A+C+A+BCBB+
34Westport, NCPopulation: 3,77982D+FA+A+AAB+
35Archdale, NCPopulation: 11,20582AA+ABC+C+B+
36Lake Park, NCPopulation: 3,43682BC+A+A+BBB+
37Concord, NCPopulation: 79,17182A+AB+BC+BB+
38Denver, NCPopulation: 1,69882BB+A+AD+BB+
39Bermuda Run, NCPopulation: 1,83682D+D+A+A+B+AB+
40Winterville, NCPopulation: 9,11782BCA+B+BBA
41Harrisburg, NCPopulation: 11,36082ACBAB+BB+
42Porters Neck, NCPopulation: 5,87382D+FA+A+B+AA
43Flat Rock, NCPopulation: 3,12082CFA+A+B+AB+
44Elon, NCPopulation: 9,35482B+D+A+AC+BB+
45Belville, NCPopulation: 2,27282C+CA+ABBA
46Lake Santeetlah, NCPopulation: 4182FA+A+ABAB
47Laurel Park, NCPopulation: 2,65282CDA+ABB+B+
48Knightdale, NCPopulation: 11,56781B+B+BABBB+
49Cashiers, NCPopulation: 7981ACA+B+B+B+B
50Mount Holly, NCPopulation: 13,50681B+AABC+C+B+
51Boiling Springs, NCPopulation: 4,60581B+A+C+B+BC+B+
52Fletcher, NCPopulation: 7,08981AC+A+B+CBB+
53Balfour, NCPopulation: 1,28181B+B+A+BCC+B+
54Clemmons, NCPopulation: 18,68081ABBABBB+
55Bryson City, NCPopulation: 1,70181AA+A+C+CC+B
56Liberty, NCPopulation: 2,66581BA+A+BCCB+
57Scotch Meadows, NCPopulation: 49381FA+A+AB+BB+
58Marvin, NCPopulation: 5,48481FFA+A+A+A+B+
59Hampstead, NCPopulation: 4,43181BD+A+ABBA
60Carolina Shores, NCPopulation: 3,20781C+CA+AC+BA
61Valdese, NCPopulation: 4,50781C+A+A+BCCB
62Cedar Point, NCPopulation: 1,51181C+DA+B+BAB+
63Raleigh, NCPopulation: 405,00781A+CCAC+BB+
64Creedmoor, NCPopulation: 4,07081BAABBBB+
65Summerfield, NCPopulation: 10,16081CDA+AAAB+
66Belmont, NCPopulation: 10,15681A+ACBBBB+
67Nags Head, NCPopulation: 2,77281C+DA+AC+AA
68Stedman, NCPopulation: 1,16981CAA+BC+C+A
69Swansboro, NCPopulation: 2,63781C+D+A+AC+BB+
70Skippers Corner, NCPopulation: 2,70680CC+A+BBBA
71Carrboro, NCPopulation: 19,70280A+DBACAB+
72Avon, NCPopulation: 55280CD+A+B+B+B+A
73Charlotte, NCPopulation: 740,93180A+ADB+C+BB+
74Ocracoke, NCPopulation: 59180C+FA+A+C+AA
75Lewisville, NCPopulation: 12,78580C+AC+ABBB+
76Ocean Isle Beach, NCPopulation: 72880C+FA+A+BA+A
77Granite Quarry, NCPopulation: 2,89380CA+A+B+C+C+B+
78Mooresville, NCPopulation: 32,46280A+B+CB+C+BB
79Tryon, NCPopulation: 1,68080B+BAB+CBB+
80Kannapolis, NCPopulation: 42,84580AA+AC+CC+B+
81Kernersville, NCPopulation: 23,06280A+ADB+C+BB+
82Cramerton, NCPopulation: 4,13980C+AB+B+BBB+
83Hatteras, NCPopulation: 54380C+FA+ABA+A
84Fairview, NCPopulation: 3,38480D+D+A+AB+B+B+
85Wanchese, NCPopulation: 1,93480D+CA+B+BBA
86Bayshore, NCPopulation: 3,89980CDA+B+BB+A
87Barker Heights, NCPopulation: 1,67080A+AA+D+D+CB+
88Fuquay-Varina, NCPopulation: 18,14380A+BD+ABBB+
89Lake Junaluska, NCPopulation: 3,00780C+D+A+ABB+B
90Havelock, NCPopulation: 20,67080B+BB+AC+C+A
91Mineral Springs, NCPopulation: 2,68380D+AA+BC+BB+
92Moyock, NCPopulation: 3,43280C+DA+BB+B+B+
93Hudson, NCPopulation: 3,73180BA+B+BC+CB
94Youngsville, NCPopulation: 1,28680C+AA+BCC+B+
95Rolesville, NCPopulation: 3,81480C+CA+BBB+B+
96Grandfather, NCPopulation: 8580FCA+A+AA+C+
97Oakboro, NCPopulation: 1,90280D+A+A+C+C+C+B+
98Warrenton, NCPopulation: 1,35480BA+A+BD+CB+
99Leland, NCPopulation: 13,73280C+CAABBA
100Oriental, NCPopulation: 86180CDA+ABAA
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