#3. Chapel Hill

Part of a the wider Metropolitan area of Durham-Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, the city has kept its small town feel. This southern city has been named on our Top 100 Best Places to Live for three years in a row and our Top 10 Best College Towns thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On this list, Chapel Hill combined smarts with growth to earn its top spot, ranking in the top 5 for educational attainment, top 10 for high wage job growth, top 10 for household income growth and offers easy access to broadband. Culture and creative jobs are flourishing in Chapel Hill as well, the city ranks in the top 5 for creative class workers and in the top 5 for culture.

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