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.

North Carolina Jobs and Top Employers
Education, finance, health care are among the key sectors
The 8 Most Stunning Waterfalls in North Carolina
Lace up your hiking boots, and maybe your swim trunks, for these NC beauties
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.

Population

9,750,405
Up by 7%
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
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
Wilkesboro, NC - The Wilkes Regional Medical Center
Health Care Facilities in Wilkes County, NC
Wilkes County's health and wellness offerings continue to grow with the community
Wilkesboro, NC - Herbal Ingenuity
Herbal Ingenuity Hunts Worldwide for the Best
Company distributes herbs from around the globe

Housing

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

Median Home Price

$153,600
Higher than the national average
Wilkesboro, NC - Tipton's Bar-B-Que
Restaurants in Wilkes County, NC
Satisfy your hunger at one of Wilkes County's many delicious dining destinations

Wilkesboro, NC - Doc Watson Mural
Things to Do in Wilkesboro and Wilkes County, NC
The arts and culture are alive and well in this community

Wilkesboro, NC - The Oakwoods Complex
Wilkes County, NC Improves Infrastructure, Enhances Residents' Quality of Life
Trio of projects establishes stronger foundation for livability, economy

Featured Cities

Wilkesboro, NC - Beth Bond Interiors
Wilkes County, NC Natives Return to Run Businesses
Wilkes natives return with new business concepts
Wilkesboro, NC - Scenic Landscape
Wilkes County, NC Sports and Recreation
Numerous outdoor adventures await you in Wilkes
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

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

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

Health Care Facilities in Wilkes County, NC
Wilkes County's health and wellness offerings continue to grow with the community

Herbal Ingenuity Hunts Worldwide for the Best
Company distributes herbs from around the globe

Restaurants in Wilkes County, NC
Satisfy your hunger at one of Wilkes County's many delicious dining destinations

Things to Do in Wilkesboro and Wilkes County, NC
The arts and culture are alive and well in this community

Wilkes County, NC Improves Infrastructure, Enhances Residents' Quality of Life
Trio of projects establishes stronger foundation for livability, economy

Wilkes County, NC Natives Return to Run Businesses
Wilkes natives return with new business concepts

Wilkes County, NC Sports and Recreation
Numerous outdoor adventures await you in Wilkes

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

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

Best Places to Live in North Carolina