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 Raleigh 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.

The 8 Most Stunning Waterfalls in North Carolina
Lace up your hiking boots, and maybe your swim trunks, for these NC beauties
The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
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The 7 Best-Kept Secret Beaches in North Carolina
Or where you're least likely to find tourists outnumbering the grains of sand.

Population

9,750,405
Up by 7%
musician playing on stage at the Cat's Cradle
8 Things to Do in Carrboro, NC
Cat's Cradle, ArtsCenter, bike paths highlight the many offerings
Asheville NC
8 Reasons to Move to Asheville, NC
From its title as "Beer City USA" to the Biltmore, this mountain town is not one to pass up.
New Bern, NC
Why New Bern, NC Is a Great Place to Live
A low cost of living doesn’t keep New Bern residents from enjoying the highest quality of life.
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The Best Neighborhoods in New Bern, NC
New Bern's neighborhoods offer diversity, affordability and plenty of amenities
Downtown New Bern
8 Reasons to Move to New Bern, NC
Small town charm tops the list of reasons newcomers are drawn to New Bern
Fishing in New Bern
8 Things to Do in New Bern, NC
From museums to water sports, New Bern offers fun for everyone

Housing

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

Median Home Price

$153,600
Higher than the national average
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Top Employers in New Bern, NC
Department of Defense and Craven County Schools top list of largest employers.

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Asheville, NC May Be the Most LGBT-Friendly City in the U.S.
This progressive, lively community has a long history of welcoming LGBT visitors and residents

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The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
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The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities
North Carolina Affordable Cities
The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities
North Carolina Affordable Cities
The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities

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8 Things to Do in Carrboro, NC
Cat's Cradle, ArtsCenter, bike paths highlight the many offerings

8 Reasons to Move to Asheville, NC
From its title as "Beer City USA" to the Biltmore, this mountain town is not one to pass up.

Why New Bern, NC Is a Great Place to Live
A low cost of living doesn’t keep New Bern residents from enjoying the highest quality of life.

The Best Neighborhoods in New Bern, NC
New Bern's neighborhoods offer diversity, affordability and plenty of amenities

8 Reasons to Move to New Bern, NC
Small town charm tops the list of reasons newcomers are drawn to New Bern

8 Things to Do in New Bern, NC
From museums to water sports, New Bern offers fun for everyone

Top Employers in New Bern, NC
Department of Defense and Craven County Schools top list of largest employers.

Asheville, NC May Be the Most LGBT-Friendly City in the U.S.
This progressive, lively community has a long history of welcoming LGBT visitors and residents

The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities

The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities

The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities

The 5 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina
Get the most for your Tar Heel buck in these cities

Best Places to Live in North Carolina
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10 Best Cities for Veterans
Support for those who served is strong in these cities

10 Best Places To Maximize G.I. Bill Benefits
Looking to get the most bang for your G.I. Bill buck? We've got you covered.

The 10 Best Cities for Wine
We all know Napa Valley and Sonoma, but these are places you'd never suspect to find a glass of good vino.

The Most Googled Questions (And Answers) About Asheville, NC
Find the answers to your most pressing Asheville-related questions.

Asheville, NC: 'Discrimination, in any form, is not acceptable'
"It's not acceptable in Asheville. It’s not acceptable in western North Carolina and it’s not acceptable in our state."

The 20 Best Food Trucks in the U.S.
If you died and went to food truck heaven, these are the ones you'd find there.

You Won't Believe How These 41 Cities Are Honoring Motherhood
What started as a small event in Wisconsin, has grown into an international phenomenon.

You Won't Believe How These 41 Cities Are Honoring Motherhood
What started as a small event in Wisconsin, has grown into an international phenomenon.

The 5 Best Cities for Parks
If green space is what you're after, these are the places for you.

The 9 Best Cities for Singer-Songwriters
Forget New York and LA: These smaller US cities are perfect for musicians

8 Secret Small Towns Where Celebrities Hide Out
From John Mayer to Taylor Swift: This is where big time celebrities go to get out of LA.

Best Places to Live in North Carolina