Population: 203,670Median home value: $127,500 63 Ranks better than 28% of areas
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A+ Fayetteville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Fayetteville Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fayetteville cost of living
F Fayetteville Crime Total crime is 71% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
4,98181% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2181% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Fayetteville crime
F Fayetteville Employment Household income is 9% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$43,88221% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,52121% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%37% higher than the US average
Fayetteville employment
F Fayetteville Housing Home value is 19% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$127,50031% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8847% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Fayetteville real estate or Fayetteville rentals
F Fayetteville Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
39%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
Fayetteville K-12 schools or Fayetteville colleges

Living in Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, North Carolina is a highly populated city with a population of 203,670 people. Individuals of White (46%) and Black or African American (42%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. The median age of all Fayetteville residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. With useful information like amenities, crime, weather and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Fayetteville and in the areas around Fayetteville is a much easier task.

Fayetteville, NC receives 62 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #453 in North Carolina and #20,837 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Fayetteville has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B). Unfortunately for Fayetteville, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Fayetteville on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Airborne and Special Ops museum, ZipQuest Waterfall Treetop Adventure, and Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Fayetteville is actually affordable. The median home price for Fayetteville homes is $127,500, which is 18.8% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Fayetteville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 12.1% lower than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Fayetteville area were 7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 0.7%.

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Fayetnam - from a 20 year resident

I had the unfortunate experience of growing up here. Look, this place lives and breaths military which coulda been something nice like Hampton rds... but its not. IDK if all the military here attracted unsavory businesses to pop-up much like the trans-union railway with tent citys in the late 1800's but there is some much crime and violence. The school system is not good. Its a good place to go if you wanna eat yourself into obesity, or gallivant and the numerous bars and countless other places that will take your money in exchange for a couple fleeting moments of less boredom. This city really has nothing to offer, its on life support and feeding on the govt tit. People of value and integrity have left this city long ago... those that haven't cant financially.
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GHETTO third world

The only reason this town exists is because of Ft. Bragg. Myself and 30,000 soldiers live here because we have to. Nobody lives here because they want to. To summarize this town: high crime, no public parks or sidewalks, high crime, pan handling bums on every corner, high crime, hundreds of pawn shops/rental centers/African hair braiding stores/titty bars/etc, and did I mention high crime. For a small town of 80,000 you constantly here police/ambulance sirens. The town is dirty and basically looks like a 3rd world in many locations. Anyway, no big surprise-just look at the demographic break down of this town.
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My Fayetteville Experience

I moved to Fayetteville in 2014 to go into business with a friend of mine. Unfortunately that didn't work out. I thought I would get employed quickly, because I am a retired Army Colonel with a high security clearance. There are military contractor jobs in Fayetteville, but only for those with Special Operations experience, which I didn't have. It didn't help that there was a sequester on and a civilian hiring freeze. Even so, I applied for many jobs on Ft. Bragg, but was never even asked to interview. In frustration, I used retirement money to buy a consulting franchise. After 2 1/2 years I was forced to close the business, and I moved to Minnesota, where I found a job almost immediately. The area is relatively a relatively inexpensive place to live, and has plenty of restaurants (hundreds). Other than a decent military museum, there aren't very many local attractions. Parts of Fayetteville have high crime. I actually lived in a decent suburb. Most of the people I knew who were doing well owned trades type businesses, or were former SF group people. There are plenty of jobs if you want to wait tables or bartend. I needed up selling cars, but made barely minimum wage doing that. In the end, the decision to leave made itself.
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I would not recommend

I was born and raised in and around this area, so I would not recommend living here for multiple reasons. 1. It is crime ridden.2. The job market sucks unless you are military, a nurse, or a teacher. And even finding a job as a nurse or teacher is hard enough.3. The cost of living is outrageous, considering there is really nothing here to do or see. We have a lot of restaurants, but mostly just chains, not many mom and pop places. If we do get anything cultured, it doesn't stay open long. Our mall is better than it used to be, but it's still not that great.4. Don't get me started on the schools. 5. Did I mention the crime rates?6. It's like the Hotel California...once you check in, you won't ever leave. This place is a black hole...it will suck you into the oblivion.
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Urban American City

Fayetteville is pretty much your typical Mid sized to large city. I like it a great deal more than my Durham and Greensboro experiences. I moved to Fayetteville from Greensboro for a high paying entry level employment opportunity for a Bio lab in downtown Fayetteville area. It's a pretty good city all around, it's kind of resembles both Charlotte and Jacksonville NC combined.
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Living in Fayetteville

I love living in Fayetteville, there is quite a bit of crime, but only in bad areas. I would suggest picking housing in established communities, http://www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Fayetteville.aspx is an amazing area with low crime.
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Fayetteville, NC - Just Another Country City!

I visited the city of Fayetteville, NC in July of 2008 to purchase a used car. I was not particularly impressed with anything I saw in Fayetteville but it may have some potential for a family stop!

I found Fayetteville to be very boring with no major attractions that interested me personally. However for families with children there are several attractions such as the Nature Center, a Kids Museum and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. There is also the Cameo Art House Theater which might be worth a visit. Fayetteville is rather small and has a very country feel, I got a very bland feeling from the community.

Overall, there was not anything that I really disliked about Fayetteville however I would not consider revisiting Fayetteville. The time spent there could have been more interesting, luckily there are some decent restaurants including a selection of Italian Bistros. There is also a mall located in Fayetteville which offered a fair experience for shopping and killing some extra time. The nightlife consisted of a few local bars and sub-par club which was mostly empty on a weekend making it a bland experience. Fayetteville has very little to offer to tourists and residents alike in my opninion.
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