Stanley 64 Good
Stanley Livability #320 ranked city in North Carolina#13,122 ranked city in the USARanks better than 55% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Stanley

  • Cost Of Living

    Everyday cost of living expenses like goods and services, housing, groceries, transportation, health care and utilities are far below the national average.

  • Crime

    This area boasts a crime rate that is far below the national average, making it a very safe place to live. These crime statistics encompass both property and violent offenses.

  • Housing

    Impressive scores in the housing category characterize this area, potentially attributed to the availability of affordable housing, strong appreciation rates and high home values.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities will be difficult to reach within a short walk, often requiring residents to use a vehicle or public transportation for access.

  • Commute

    Low commute scores could be due to limited access to public transit in this area, as well as longer-than-average work commute times for residents.

  • Health & Safety

    Subpar air quality and the limited availability of certain health-related facilities such as hospitals, police stations, doctors and pharmacies may have contributed to the low score in this category.

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What's it like Living in Stanley?

Located in the state of North Carolina, Stanley is a small city with a population of 3,734 residents. The majority of Stanley residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Long, unnecessary commutes can be both frustrating and inconvenient when heading to work. Nationwide, the average one-way commute time takes 26 minutes, but regrettably, residing in Stanley entails a longer-than-average one-way commute time, averaging 30 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Stanley, North Carolina could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. When searching for a new neighborhood, several key items should be considered. Safety is paramount, ensuring a secure environment for you and your family. Proximity to workplaces or schools reduces commuting time and enhances convenience. Access to amenities like parks, grocery stores and healthcare facilities contributes to a comfortable lifestyle. Reliable public transportation options promote easy mobility. A strong sense of community fosters social connections and a welcoming atmosphere. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, commute, health & safety, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Stanley and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Stanley to North Carolina and the national average.

The livability score in Stanley is 63 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 54th percentile of all cities across America. There are nine total categories that form the livability score. Stanley scores well for crime (B+), cost of living (A+) and housing (A+) Stanley does not rank well for the following: amenities (F) and education (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Stanley apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parks and proximity to public transportation are all important things to look for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Stanley is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Stanley come in at $153,600, which is 2.2% lower than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Stanley, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 24.2% lower than the North Carolina average.

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      Stanley transportation information

      Statistic Stanley North Carolina National
      Average one way commute30min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.4%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool13.1%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home7.2%4.8%4.6%
      Source: The Stanley, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).