Best Places to Live in North Carolina

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What you need to know about North Carolina

Living in North Carolina puts you in prime adventure territory. Residents here enjoy 300 miles of pristine beaches and some of the country’s most beautiful old-growth hardwood forests and mountain tops. Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte are among the best places to live in North Carolina, a state experiencing continual economic growth. Home to Pinehurst, one of the country’s most beloved golf courses, Seagrove, the handmade-pottery capital of the U.S., and Biltmore, America’s largest home, North Carolina has a strong tourism industry.

North Carolina Top Employers
Education, finance, health care are among the key sectors
Best Places to Live in North Carolina
Discover North Carolina's most popular cities
The 7 Best-Kept Secret Beaches in North Carolina
Or where you're least likely to find tourists outnumbering the grains of sand.
8 Reasons to Move to North Carolina
From the Outer Banks to a growing craft brewing scene, this state has everything to make moving truly worthwhile.

Population

9,750,405
Up by 7%
charlotte reasons
5 Reasons to Move to Charlotte, NC
Affordable living, quality education top the list.
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7 Reasons to Move to Elizabeth City, NC
Good schools, strong economy and adventures highlight life here.
Craven County, NC Recreation
Craven County, NC: An Outdoor Recreation Haven
The combo of rivers and forests gives Craven County a wide range of outdoor possibilities
Craven County, NC Recreation
Craven County, NC: An Outdoor Recreation Haven
The combo of rivers and forests gives Craven County a wide range of outdoor possibilities

Housing

Homes Owned 66%
66% Complete
Homes Rented 34%
34% Complete

Median Home Price

$153,600
Higher than the national average

Featured Cities

charlotte, nc
Living in Charlotte USA: Cosmopolitan Vibe, Small Town Charm
This 16-county region offers a unique blend of Southern tradition and urban flair.
Photo of Elm Street, Looking North: Downtown Greensboro, NC
8 Reasons to Move to Greensboro, NC
From scenic views to great local attractions, Greensboro has it all.
Jacksonville, NC
Don't Miss These Annual Events in Jacksonville, NC
Wondering why Jacksonville is one of North Carolina's fastest growing cities? Look no further.

Median Household Income

$46,693
Lower than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 28%
28% Complete
Graduated High School 85%
85% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

More About North Carolina Cities

5 Reasons to Move to Charlotte, NC
Affordable living, quality education top the list.

7 Reasons to Move to Elizabeth City, NC
Good schools, strong economy and adventures highlight life here.

Craven County, NC: An Outdoor Recreation Haven
The combo of rivers and forests gives Craven County a wide range of outdoor possibilities

Craven County, NC: An Outdoor Recreation Haven
The combo of rivers and forests gives Craven County a wide range of outdoor possibilities

Living in Charlotte USA: Cosmopolitan Vibe, Small Town Charm
This 16-county region offers a unique blend of Southern tradition and urban flair.

8 Reasons to Move to Greensboro, NC
From scenic views to great local attractions, Greensboro has it all.

Don't Miss These Annual Events in Jacksonville, NC
Wondering why Jacksonville is one of North Carolina's fastest growing cities? Look no further.

Why Jacksonville, NC is a Great Place to Retire
There are some great reasons to pick Jacksonville as the place to spend your leisure years.

Why Jacksonville, NC is a Great Place to Live
Mayor Sammy Phillips discusses why so many people are not only moving to Jacksonville, but staying for the long haul.

Moving to Jacksonville, NC? Here Are the Basics
Everything you need to know before moving to this charming military town.

Best Places to Eat in Jacksonville, NC
Stop what you're doing and go eat here immediately.

Things to Do in Jacksonville, NC
The best ways to spend a day, night, or even a weekend in Jacksonville.

6 Things for Families to Do in Jacksonville, NC
Get your family out of the house with these six Jacksonville activities.

How to Make it as a Military Spouse in Jacksonville, NC
The best place to get tips on life as a military spouse is from those who've lived it.

7 Ways to Get Active in Jacksonville, NC
Jacksonville offers an array of options for staying fit and healthy, and here are some of the best.

What to Expect From a Military Move to Jacksonville, NC
You're headed to Jacksonville, yet have no idea what you're in for. Don't worry: We've got you covered.

Best Health Care Facilities in Jacksonville, NC
Be ready for anything with this list of health care facilities in Jacksonville, NC.

Best Places to Move Near Jacksonville, NC
Some of the hottest spots for relocation in one of our favorite military towns on the east coast.

Best Places to Move Near Jacksonville, NC
Some of the hottest spots for relocation in one of our favorite military towns on the east coast.

Best Places to Live in North Carolina