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Places With The Best Housing In North Carolina 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score81
  • 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
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  • Charlotte, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 808,834
  • As many reviewers have noted, Charlotte is a city of transplants who are there for a job. This means no culture, no tradition, and no commitment to the city like you would find in the Midwest. I have a
81
  • Stokesdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,278
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  • 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
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  • Matthews, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,054
  • Developed in 2006, the Village of Saint Andrews (McKee Road) in Matthews, NC is a vibrant community with a managed and a resident-approved balanced operating budget. The Village of Saint Andrews has a
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  • Unionville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,397
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  • Kannapolis, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,685
  • I have lived in Kannapolis my entire life and I couldn't be happier. The city can be found just northeast of Charlotte with a population of about 43,000. It may be best known as the home of the Earnhardt
67
  • Monroe, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,212
  • I have nothing bad to say about living in Monroe, NC. There’s always something to do, somewhere to go, and someone to meet. The attractions aren’t just for the tourists. Being a resident in Monroe makes
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  • Gastonia, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 73,877
  • Gastonia like any US suburb has lots to offer. Our family loves the *wide* array of all kinds of restaurants, from fine dining to casual, there's date night places. Some restaurants like Shrimp Boat,
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  • Apex, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,893
  • For me, living in Apex, North Carolina and working as a research assistant is a quite compatible combination. Many find Apex neighborhoods to each be best areas in the city. I have a small house near
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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
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  • 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
69
  • Lincolnton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,593
  • I've lived in Lincolnton for about 10 years. The town combines country living and some of the city life that some people might enjoy. There aren't many large businesses in the town, but there are enough
70
  • Pineville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,244
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  • Half Moon, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,626
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  • Mint Hill, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,024
  • Mint Hill was a nice place to live if you like living in a small town, but it's difficult there to really find a great job because of its size. I was living in Mint Hill for a bit but decided to move
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  • 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
82
  • 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
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  • Durham, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 251,761
  • I don't know what all the hub bub is about but I personally feel Durham is over rated. First off the amenities here are limited. Looking at the list on this site they listed the children's museum
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  • 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
84
  • 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
66
  • Williamston, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,534
76
  • 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
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  • 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
72
  • Kernersville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,736
  • So many acres of woods to enjoy! The town itself is a beautiful, growing part of the South that blends old-timey charm with modern development, but what I really love about living in Kernersville, NC is
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  • 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
71
  • 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
78
  • Raleigh, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 441,326
  • I found Raleigh and vicinity to be attractive and full of potential. Of course there are negatives to any place and the people shouting negativity in the reviews below are the typical parasitic,
66
  • Cherryville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,901
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  • Marion, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,873
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  • Clayton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,553
  • Although Clayton is a smaller town in NC, it does offer a fun atmosphere where you can get to know many of your neighbors instead of feeling like you're only one person among thousands. I've lived here
79
  • Kings Grant, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,837
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Long View, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,071
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  • Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,722
  • Living here in Fuquay-Varina reminds me of an old storybook country living survival guide. Never heard of one? Well, here goes. I will take the time to explain to you how living in a city such as this
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  • Conover, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,263
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  • Piney Green, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,427
  • Living in Piney Green, North Carolina for the past 8 years has definitely not been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life to say the very least. Absolutely not one of the best areas in North
69
  • Nashville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,521
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  • Cary, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 155,822
  • The I Love Kickboxing gym in Cary NC is amazing!!! The trainers are skilled, motivating, and make me feel like even I can do it!!! The other gym members are a great community of support as well. I am
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Bessemer City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,462
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  • Fletcher, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,547
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  • Asheville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 87,531
  • We’ve lived in Asheville for almost 30 years. Unlike many people who just move to a town without any connections, we’ve had many strong connections through work, school, sports, etc. Asheville has a lot
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  • Woodfin, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,241
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  • Rolesville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,583
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  • Oak Ridge, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,617
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  • Statesville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,731
  • I have lived in Statesville, N.C. all of my life and enjoy the rural surroundings. The town has declined some since I was young. Employment is low and crime has risen as jobs have become harder to find.

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in North Carolina. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in North Carolina to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in North Carolina as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in North Carolina, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.