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Places With The Best Housing In North Carolina 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score84
  • 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]
67
  • Charlotte, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 808,834
  • Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I have lived all over the country and in the Ballantyne area of South Charlotte for the past year. This is a high end area that was rated well with low crime. I was super…[read more]
85
  • Stokesdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,278
84
  • 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]
85
  • 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]
77
  • Unionville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,397
71
  • 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…[read more]
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…[read more]
66
  • 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,…[read more]
91
  • Apex, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,893
  • This place is okay. Please delete my old review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…[read more]
74
  • 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]
91
  • 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]
72
  • 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…[read more]
65
  • Pineville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,244
65
  • Half Moon, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,626
83
  • 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]
91
  • 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]
86
  • 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]
70
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • Concord, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,753
  • What used to be a nice place has turned into the invasion from the North. There is 98,800 people here area vibes has number wrong. All chain restaurants , retail up the wyzoo roads are crowded , and…[read more]
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]
54
  • Williamston, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,534
  • Ready to retire this may be it. If you are Young, Educated, Black-RUN THE OPPOSITE WAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!! Racial Profiling is…[read more]
81
  • 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]
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]
76
  • 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…[read more]
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]
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…[read more]
78
  • 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]
72
  • Cherryville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,901
71
  • Marion, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,873
81
  • 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]
78
  • Kings Grant, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,837
89
  • Wake Forest, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,472
  • Growth here is unbelievable, everyday they blade over another section of town to build more things that there is already plenty of. Traffic is getting horrible and people here are "Horn Honkers" If…[read more]
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]
84
  • 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]
68
  • Long View, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,071
81
  • 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…[read more]
68
  • Conover, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,263
60
  • 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…[read more]
69
  • Nashville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,521
89
  • 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]
78
  • 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]
87
  • 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]
60
  • Bessemer City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,462
85
  • Fletcher, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,547
65
  • Asheville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 87,531
  • I’m a Raleigh transplant who moved here at age 58 because my son-in-law was doing his residency in family medicine at MAHEC. We all live in West Asheville and are happy. The outdoor lifestyle,…[read more]
73
  • Rolesville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,583
70
  • Woodfin, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,241
82
  • Oak Ridge, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,617
65
  • 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.…[read more]

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.