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.

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Population

9,750,405
Up by 7%
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"It's not acceptable in Asheville. It’s not acceptable in western North Carolina and it’s not acceptable in our state."
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Housing

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

Median Home Price

$153,600
Higher than the national average
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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

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