Matthews 85 Exceptional
Matthews Livability #13 ranked city in North Carolina#1,140 ranked city in the USARanks better than 96% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Matthews Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Matthews Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than North Carolina
1077% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Matthews cost of living
C Matthews Crime Total crime is 28% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
3,50641% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2941% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
14%Year over year crime is up
Matthews crime
B- Matthews Employment Household income is 56% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$75,20536% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$37,10524% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
Matthews employment
A- Matthews Housing Home value is 43% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$224,00021% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,04710% higher than the US average
Home ownership
76%19% higher than the US average
Matthews real estate or Matthews rentals
A+ Matthews Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%38% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:124% higher than the US average
Matthews K-12 schools
B Matthews User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Matthews
Overall user rating
74% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
68% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Matthews, NC

      Matthews, North Carolina is a medium-sized city with a population of 30,054 inhabitants. The majority of Matthews residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Matthews has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 84% of the population is classified as married and 62% have kids.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Matthews is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in North Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Matthews, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, employment, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 85/100, Matthews is ranked #375 in the United States and #6 in North Carolina. This is a great score, as Matthews ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that Matthews ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Matthews has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), education (A+), employment (B-) and housing (A-). Regrettably for Matthews, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Matthews, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Matthews has a violent crime rate of 164 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Matthews have a test score average of 68%, which is well above the US average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Matthews can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Assuming that Matthews meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Matthews. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Matthews are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Matthews come in at $224,000, which is 42.6% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Matthews, the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 9.1% lower than the North Carolina average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Matthews area were 5.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Matthews transportation information

      StatisticMatthewsNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute28min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.6%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.2%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.6%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.9%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home8.5%4.8%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Matthews, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).