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Best Places To Live In North Carolina 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score91
  • Holly Springs, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,126
  • For the past 4 years, I have enjoyed my time living in Holly Springs, North Carolina a clean and excellent community in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina. Holly Springs is a multicultural suburb…[read more]
90
  • Morrisville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,600
  • The city wraps in in the loving arms of charming, beautiful Southern architecture and trees that offer shade for a peaceful walk almost any time of the year. Summers can get a bit hot, but it's not…[read more]
90
  • Cornelius, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,426
  • This is one of the most beautiful areas in not just North Carolina, but all of the South. Many people think of hoop dresses, plantations, columns, and forest pavilions when they think of Southern…[read more]
90
  • Apex, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,893
  • This place is okay. Please delete my old review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…[read more]
89
  • Wake Forest, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,472
  • There is so much to say about this beautiful place! I was born and raised in Wake Forest, NC and growing up here was so much fun. It has a home town feel and everyone is very friendly. Everyone looked…[read more]
88
  • Cary, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 155,822
  • I want to move to Cary NC for lots of reasons It's great to raise a family it has low crime great schools affordable housing everything is a great stat for this place except the cost of living although…[read more]
87
  • Fletcher, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,547
87
  • Carrboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,867
  • Carrboro has everything I've ever wanted in a small town, but with access to nice cities all around. First, understand Carrboro itself. Living in Carrboro, NC is one of the most charming ways to enjoy…[read more]
86
  • Matthews, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,054
  • Nice community, good hospital, doctors & schools. Lots of retail which is handy; however, that brings in more crime. City is becoming overbuilt and noisy. Lots of speeding and loud vehicles on 51 and…[read more]
86
  • Stallings, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,759
  • Stallings has beautiful scenery of natural wildlife, trees, and parks. I feel like it is a mix of country and city living in one. It is one of the best suburbs because it is close to everything, has nice…[read more]
85
  • Huntersville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,701
  • Huntersville Limousine Service is a reliable name in #Kannapolis for providing exceptional #limousineservice from the years of inception. We have friendly, experienced and courteous staffs and…[read more]
85
  • Stokesdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,278
85
  • Davidson, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,076
  • Davidson, NC is a beautiful city that rests against Lake Norman. It's along Highway 77 and has a lot of amazing places to eat and shop. A lot of the cities I choose for working remotely need to have…[read more]
85
  • Oak Ridge, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,617
84
  • Concord, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,753
  • There are many reasons why people enjoy calling Concord NC their home. I have lived in Concord, NC my entire life and think that it is one of the best places out there to reside in. This place has a lot…[read more]
84
  • Pinehurst, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,522
  • My plan is to retire in Pinehurst, N.C., in the next few years. I love the area. Golf is my favorite hobby and living in Pinehurst is like living in a large gated community. The cost of living here is…[read more]
83
  • Waxhaw, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,398
  • Waxhaw, NC is beautiful railroad town with graceful greenery. I could talk all day about the taxes, businesses, traffic, or weather in the area, but if you want to know about the gentle and serene scenes…[read more]
83
  • Indian Trail, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,357
  • I have lived in Indian Trail for about two years. It's a town that is on the outskirts of Matthews. For the most part, it's a nice area to live without a lot of trouble. One of the things that I like…[read more]
83
  • Pineville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,244
83
  • Mooresville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,387
  • I lived in Mooresville for about six months before leaving to go to college. The small trailer park I lived in was loud and obnoxious. However, there are a few nicer homes in the city limits as well as…[read more]
82
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,005
  • There is no better place to live in the triangle. Honestly. The school system is second to none, the food culture is outstanding, there is a ton of stuff to do, and the people are mostly accepting of all…[read more]
82
  • Mint Hill, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,024
  • Downtown Mint Hill is slow growing. It does need a bit of local growth. If Mint Hill can keep out Big Box, hire a designer that knows how to build a small (full of unique character) downtown and does…[read more]
82
  • Ogden, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,909
82
  • Clemmons, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,536
  • I moved to a small town in NC called Clemmons about 10 years ago. My daughter's father lived there at the time, and I wanted them to be closer to each other. I've had opportunities to move, but Clemmons…[read more]
82
  • Clayton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,553
  • I have lived spent over 20 years in Clayton. It's fairly safe and very affordable. The downtown is small but quaint and has a few great shops and restaurants. Compared to neighboring Garner, Clayton…[read more]
82
  • Porters Neck, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,052
81
  • Belmont, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,494
  • I have been living in Belmont City since I was two years old. No doubt, it’s a quiet and friendly city. According to me, this is one of the best cities to raise a family. The amenities in the town make…[read more]
80
  • Lewisville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,356
  • Living in Lewisville, North Carolina has been great for my family and I. I work in Winston Salem and it is an easy commute to work most of the time. This is a small town with some historic areas you can…[read more]
79
  • Black Mountain, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,168
79
  • Murraysville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,843
  • Located near Wilmington, Murraysville is a town that sees a lot of traffic on the roads. It's a main thoroughfare for people who are trying to get to the coastal area in this part of North Carolina. The…[read more]
79
  • Summerfield, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,758
  • I was raised in Greensboro, N.C., with friends living in Summerfield. When I got married, I decided to raise my family in Summerfield. There is not much shopping in the area, but Greensboro is just…[read more]
79
  • Knightdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,787
  • Knightdale, North Carolina is a great place to live! I've spent the last 24 years here and plan on spending the rest of my life as a resident of this town. We have so many different things to do, are…[read more]
78
  • Hillsborough, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,428
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  • Kings Grant, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,837
77
  • Myrtle Grove, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,872
77
  • Harrisburg, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,500
  • I experienced a remarkable lifestyle while living in Harrisburg North Carolina. The city is an enclave of Cabarrus County. Harrisburg is close to Charlotte North Carolina. The city has a great department…[read more]
77
  • Unionville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,397
77
  • Winterville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,484
77
  • Carolina Beach, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,048
  • I lived in Carolina Beach for almost 10 years and I loved it. Everyone walks their kids to school, virtually every home is within walking distance to the beach, and the dive bars and seafood restaurants…[read more]
76
  • Archdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,483
  • I moved to Archdale about 10 years ago when I was transferred to High Point, N.C. to work in the Furniture Market. Archdale is an easy commute and the cost of living is lower than High Point. There is…[read more]
76
  • Southern Pines, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,258
  • We lived in Southern Pines for two years and really loved it there. There are a ton of outdoor hiking trails and parks that are used frequently. They allow dogs at all of these places and even have one…[read more]
75
  • Raleigh, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 441,326
  • Great for families.. Cost of living is pretty great. People are mostly friendly. Crime is low. Very diverse group of hard-working people. Lots of parks and great weather. Highly recommend giving Raleigh…[read more]
75
  • James City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,736
75
  • Garner, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,625
  • After living in Raleigh for several years, I decided to move to Garner, NC. about 30 minutes outside the capital. The small town life has an appeal for me. The weather is moderate most of the year, but…[read more]
75
  • Gibsonville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,759
  • I can't believe the amount of litter that is tolerated. Bulk trash is put on the curb, left for weeks at a time. They changed the chemicals in the water and never gave notice. I've been in pools that…[read more]
74
  • Etowah, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,237
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  • Mount Holly, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,058
  • I had an excellent experience while living in the historical district of Mount Holly North Carolina. The city is amidst Gaston County North Carolina. Mount Holly is conveniently located west of the queen…[read more]
74
  • Boone, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,241
  • I love living in Boone. There is so much to do that you never have to be bored. From fun hiking trails to the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, we never have a shortage of things to do. The only downside that…[read more]
74
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,548
  • Here in Hendersonville, life isn't too bad at all. I mean we have plenty of restaurants along Main Street like the Wine Sage and Gourmet which is spectacular. I have found that living in Hendersonville…[read more]
73
  • Thomasville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,178
  • Living in Thomasville, NC is like enjoying the quiet comfort of a Southern town with the rolling hills of Ireland. Well, they're not as steep or boundless as the land of Tír na nÓg, but it's an amazing…[read more]

North Carolina: The Old North State

Home to more than 10 million people, North Carolina is a scenic mash-up of snow-capped mountain ranges, urban cities, obscure communities and gorgeous beaches. Southern hospitalities and centuries-old culture are simple to find in the Tar Heel State. Peace and quiet comes in the form of homemade sweet tea, old-timer stories about the south, and scenic solitude. While the wonderful bustles of city living come with busy cafes, crisscrossed pedestrian sidewalks, and high-rise apartments in towering skyscrapers. Whatever your preference may be, some of the best places in North Carolina to visit are also the best places to live.

North Carolina is situated on the eastern Atlantic Ocean coastlines of the United States. Georgia and South Carolina lie at the south. Tennessee heads up the western border of North Carolina, while Virginia takes the north. While Charlotte is the most popular N.C. city, Raleigh is the state’s capital. College students flock to UNC Chapel Hill, the oldest N.C. University in the United States. Nature lovers find Wilmington seashores and sections of the Appalachian Mountains most welcoming to adventures.

North Carolina is complex when it comes to weather patterns. Towards the seaside, the weather is more predictable, with rains and high temperatures dominating the summertime. However, there are parts of the state, mostly towards Grandfather Mountain, where morning snow lasts for a few hours before revealing an 80-degree, beautiful afternoon. Aside from the beaches and mountains, the rest of North Carolina offers a temperate cycle of four seasons with weather that you would expect for each one.

Built on historic happenings and old-fashioned southern cuisine, North Carolina is the epitome of antique cultures mixed with modern amenities. In a single day, you could explore the beauties of natural caverns, traipse from animal to the next at the NC Zoo in Asheville, or explore the abundant, beautiful Biltmore Estate. The Battleship North Carolina provides decks of history-rich exploration, while the NC Aquarium is a big hit with families. The costs of living in North Carolina vary, with prices being higher towards the cities and attractions, but lower in smaller towns and close-knit communities.

North Carolina boasts as many natural wonders as cities, so there are plenty of places to hike, camp, and explore. However, if the urban scene is more your speed, take a chance on the nightlife in Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Huntersville. You create your own adventures here, as everything is within driving distance of everything else. Be sure to cruise along the Bridge Ridge Parkway in the autumn when the mountain trees’ leaves are changing colors.

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in North Carolina. Which means you have some important decisions to make when choosing to settle down here. With so many options, finding the best places to live in North Carolina isn't always easy. Luckily, we can give you a good idea of where to find home in our picks for the best places to live in North Carolina. Feel free to customize your search with specifications, such as population, search radius, home/rent budget and other factors that mean the most to you.