If you’re thinking of moving to North Carolina, you’re making a great decision.
NC has the strongest economy in the U.S. right now, and it was recently ranked as the #1 Best State for Business. Our state is home to a variety of cities with different advantages depending on your lifestyle. Check out a few of our favorites below.
An anchor city of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Raleigh has received a number of top accolades in the last year. These include the #1 city for working women, the #4 state capital for economic well-being, and the #3 hottest job market in the United States. Additionally, Raleigh was recently voted the #6 Most Neighborly city in the nation for our community supportiveness and neighborly spirit. The city is also home to prestigious educational institutions, world-class arts and entertainment, delicious restaurants, and a thriving small-business environment. The cost of living here is lower than the national average, while the median salary is higher. If you’re looking for a place to put down roots, you can’t choose better than the City of Oaks.
Considering a move to Raleigh? Check out our outsider’s guide.
2. Fuquay Varina
Fuquay Varina is a town of about 37,000 located in southern Wake County. About a 35-minute drive from Raleigh, it’s a great choice if you want access to a bigger city without the daily hustle and bustle. This vibrant town has something for everyone, from walkable downtown living to estates with acreage. Here, you’ll find a tight-knit community with a lively events calendar, farmers markets, and many opportunities for work and play.
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Ranked the #2 best place to live in North Carolina, Cary is a city of approximately 177,000 people. Niche.com gives it especially high rankings for Housing, Jobs, and Health & Fitness. Living here, you’ll enjoy many independent coffee shops and tasty restaurants as well as access to parks and outdoor recreation. The highest number of surveyed residents called Cary “excellent.” Many reviews commented on the feeling of peace and security in the area, and others recommended the seasonal community festivals that occur throughout the year.
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Broadway, NC is the perfect choice for those who love small-town living. With a population of just under 1,300 people, this small community is friendly and full of southern charm. Eat real North Carolina barbecue at Woodard’s Family BBQ & Grill, catch a game at the Gilbert Lett Family Ballpark, or relax lakeside at Watson Lake at Broadway Town Park. Another great thing about Broadway? The median home price of $290,000 is significantly lower than all the other cities on our list.
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If you’re looking for a small town that’s just a little bigger than Broadway, try Pittsboro. With a population of around 4,600, you’ll have a slightly larger community outside your door, but still enjoy the small-town vibe. You’ll find some of the most unique experiences in the country here, including:
- The Carolina Tiger Rescue, which provides lifelong sanctuary to rescued wildcats
- Starlight Mead, a meadery that offers tastings, tours, and classes on how you can use honey to make your own mead
- A variety of restaurants serving traditional Southern cuisine
- Much more!
If you still need big city amenities, don’t worry. Pittsboro is just 40 minutes from both Raleigh and Durham. Sound like a good place for you?
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