TOP 10 BEST Cities in North Carolina Ranked
The top 10 highest ranked cities in North Carolina ranked. Many them are in the Raleigh Triangle area. This list is courtesy of our friends at niche.com.
Let's start with the number ten city which is Clemmons, North Carolina. Clemmons is a suburb of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It has a population of about 22,000 people. Clemmons is approximately 15 minutes from Winston-Salem. Niche.com gives Clemmons an overall rating for the city of an A+. Public schools in Clemmons get an A. For housing, Clemmons gets an A-. The median household income in Clemmons comes in at $75,000. Clemmons doesn't have a whole lot going on in the city proper but what it does have going for it is that it is really close to Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem has plenty of shopping, tons of things to do and has a really amazing Old Salem historic area that we recommend. Due to the proximity of Clemmons to Winston-Salem Clemmons comes in on the top 10 list. Niche.com rates Clemmons the number one place to live in the Triad region of North Carolina.
Next, in the number nine slot we have Holly Springs North Carolina. Holly Springs is a community very close to Raleigh with a population of around 45,000 people. HollySprings is about 25 to 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh. Niche.com gives the town an overall rating of A+. The public schools in Holly Springs get an A with niche.com and housing gets an A-. The median household income comes in at $110,000. Holly Springs is what is known as a new suburb in that it was really small just a few years ago and it's really grown rapidly. Many people have moved to Holly Springs because of the quality of life and the location. The proximity to Cary and Raleigh is a short distance. Holly Springs suffers in that it doesn't really have an established downtown that developed over the years. Holly Spring’s downtown is pretty much new but the residents of Holly Springs love it. This is why it ranks so high on this list.
In the number eight slot we have Weddington, North Carolina. This is a suburb outside of Charlotte. It has a population of only 14,000 people and it is about 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte. Weddington gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For public schools it gets an A and for housing Weddington gets an A- on niche.com. The median income comes in at $176,000.Weddington is a small town to the southeast of Charlotte. The town comes in as the third wealthiest city in the entire state. It is a nice town in a great location. According to niche.com the schools are fantastic. It comes in as the number two best place to live in Union County according to niche.com.
In the number seven slot is another town near Charlotte called Marvin, North Carolina. Marvin has a population of only 6,700 people. The town is about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Marvin gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For public schools in Marvin get an A+ and in housing Marvin gets an A. The median household income of Marvin is $210,000. Marvin has a wealthy suburban feel. It comes in as the number one place to live in Union County.
Number six on our list of best cities is Carrboro, North Carolina. Carrboro is a suburb that is part of the Chapel Hill - Durham metropolitan area. It is about 30 minutes away from downtown Durham and about a minute and a half away from downtown Chapel Hill. Carrboro and Chapel Hill are pretty much attached to the hip. You can’t tell when you've left Carrboro and headed into Chapel Hill and vice versa. Carrboro gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For housing in Carrboro it gets a C+ and public schools get an A+ on niche.com. The median household income is coming in at $68,000.The best way to describe Carrboro is it has an urban, suburban kind of mix. There are restaurants and shops. Carrboro is the smaller sister to Chapel Hill. It is funky and a neat place to go visit.
In the number five slot is Davidson, North Carolina. Davidson is another suburb of Charlotte with a population of around 13,000 people. Davidson is about 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte. It is most well known for being the home of Davidson College. A prominent and difficult to get into small, liberal arts college. Davidson gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For housing it gets a rating of A+ and for public schools gets an A. The median median household income comes in at $131,000. Davidson has a college, suburban feel with lots of coffee shops, restaurants and shops. The town is dominated by Davidson College. Since the town is so close to Charlotte many residents work in Charlotte. According to niche.com Davidson is ranked the number one best suburb around Charlotte.
In number four, another Raleigh suburb Apex, North Carolina is ranked one of the best suburbs. With a population of around 63,000 residents. Apex is approximately 20 minutes to downtown Raleigh. Apex has an overall rating of A+. For public schools Apex is ranked an A. For housing in Apex it gets an A on niche.com.The median household income in Apex, North Carolina is around $111,000. It is a very suburban town and close to Cary. Many people who live in Apex work in Cary or work in Research Triangle Park or downtown Raleigh. There is lots of shopping, restaurants like Apex Wings. Niche.com ranks Apex the number three best place to raise a family in North Carolina.
The number three slot is Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Chapel Hill is part of the Chapel Hill-Durham metropolitan area. It is about 38 minutes from downtown Raleigh and about 25 minutes to downtown Durham. It is 10 to 15 minutes from the Streets at South Point part of Durham-Chapel Hill. It gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For public schools in Chapel Hill it gets an A+ and for housing it gets a B-. The median household income in Chapel Hill is $123,000. The town is dominated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is the quintessential college town. There has been much growth over the last few years and it is a popular place to live as evidenced by how high it ranks on this list.
Number two for best cities in North Carolina is Cary, North Carolina. Cary is a suburb of Raleigh and is the quintessential suburb of Raleigh. It is close to Raleigh at only 18 minutes to get from Cary to downtown Raleigh. Niche.com gives Cary an overall rating of A+. For public schools in Cary get an A and housing in Cary also gets an A with niche.com. The median household income is $107,000. Cary is the ultimate bedroom community. Many residents commute into Raleigh for work, or Research Triangle Park. Most of Cary’s growth has happened in the Research Triangle Park area, since it’s really in the middle of the Triangle. Residents of Cary can work anywhere.
In the final and number one slot for best cities in North Carolina is Morrisville, North Carolina. Morrisville is another suburb of Raleigh and is about 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh which is convenient and in the center of the Triangle. This is one of the many reason’s for the driving demand of people moving into Morrisville. This is getting reflected in surveys like this one on Morrisville. It gets an overall rating on niche.com of A+. For public schools in Morrisville it gets an A+ and housing gets an A. The median household income comes in at $102,000. Morrisville is centrally located and that is driving the demand. There are many parks, tons of green space. It doesn't have a true downtown like some of the other cities mainly because for a while Morrisville was just a place where people went to work. There were not many houses in Morrisville but because of the growth it has expanded out. The developers, the builders have decided Morrisville is a good place to build and so it has been developed and many people have moved into Morrisville. The main thing to be aware of is Morrisville is in the RDU airport flight path.
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