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Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Whether it’s the beaches of the Coastal Plain; Piedmont, the plateau that extends from the Southeast to the Northeast; or the Appalachian Mountains; North Carolina has many desirable landscapes to choose from. Check out the best places to live in North Carolina.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Raleigh & Durham, NC

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known a… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value

Asheville, NC

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Hailed as "The Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At a… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value

Charlotte, NC

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Charlotte is a region that's equal parts old-fashioned southern charm and high-energy cosmopolitan bustle. You'll still hear "y'all" … more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.5 Value

Winston-Salem, NC

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Winston-Salem, which locals refer to as Winston, is a region on an upward trajectory that still maintains its Southern roots. Althoug… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Greensboro, NC

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of those places that's big enough to have everything you need but small enough for you to regularl… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 7.2 Value