Best Places to Live in North Carolina, For Now or Forever

Best Places to Live in North Carolina
Are you planning on relocating with your family or retiring in North Carolina? Then here's an article that will give you information on various cities in the state...
UStravelia Staff
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2018
Moving from one city or state to another is a huge deal and when it comes to selecting the right place, things can get a bit tricky. We don't always have the complete information on which city is best or ideal to reside in. So when it comes to selecting or zeroing in on North Carolina, it is better to have as much information you can get.
North Carolina, a state which is situated in the southern part of the United States, harbors 100 counties. A state with huge geographical diversity, North Carolina has beaches, mountains, and vineyards which helps in attracting thousands of vacationers from all over the country. With so much to offer, no wonder people are searching for economical places to reside in North Carolina.
But before we get any further with this article, I'd like to point out something. When the word "best" gets mentioned anywhere, it's quite difficult to judge what is best for everyone. The meaning or interpretation of "best" will differ from person to person. The town, city, state, and country we live in, it shapes us into who we are as a person. Our daily lives are bound to that particular place and we somehow end up becoming a part of it as well.
However, there are always certain places we would love to live in and make a life of our own there. And if you feel that North Carolina can be one of those places, then this article can give you names of various cities that rank high for families to live in.
Gorgeous Coastal Places
If you're a person that loves beaches or at least visits one whenever the heart desires, North Carolina can be quite an exciting place for you. North Carolina also has a gorgeous coastline and you can definitely take that into consideration. There are some of the most amazing beaches in North Carolina that can leave you mesmerized. Some of the best places you can choose to live near are:
  • Beaufort
  • Indian Beach
  • Salter Path
  • Emerald Isle
  • Pine Knoll Shores
Now that we have talked about the beaches in North Carolina, let's take a look at some gorgeous images of the state as well.
Julian price lake
Julian Price Lake
Park square in asheville
Asheville Pack Square Park
Vineyard in north carolina
Vineyard in North Carolina
10 Amazing Places in North Carolina
Each city has its own set of culture, lifestyle, quality of living, attractions, and comfort levels that suit a certain age, race, gender, and economic demographics. If you have decided or still are in the process of whether or not to choose North Carolina as your abode, we may be able to help you out here. Go through the following cities in North Carolina and see if any of these locations can be your future residence.
Asheville
Asheville is located in the western part of North Carolina. It is the largest city in that area, which keeps growing each year. The population count, as of 2016, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, was around 89,121. The climate is really good for the entire year with a little hike (warmer) during the months of June to September.
The majority of population is comprised of White Americans, but there are smaller communities of African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and others. And as for the educational system in Asheville, it has few of the top 100 high schools in the U.S., according to Newsweek magazine. Asheville is one of the popular vacation spots as well.
All Souls Cathedral North Carolina
Cathedral of All Souls
Biltmore House
Biltmore House
Boone
This town is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of about 18,834 as of 2016. Similar to Asheville, Boone is in the western part of North Carolina and is home to the Appalachian State University, which is also a fellow member of the University of North Carolina. Boone is about 3,333 feet above sea level that gives warm summers, less hotter than the west and east of the state.
In Boone, the majority of the population is comprised of youths which may interest some who wish to move in this town. During winters, the temperature can drop to a point where residents experience blizzard-like conditions. Although White Americans make for the majority of population, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders too have smaller communities residing in the town.
Mount Airy
This city is located in the Surry County, North Carolina and has a population of around 10,347; as of 2016. It's a beautiful small town which actually makes it one of the best places to retire. Also known as 'Small Town USA', living in Mount Airy gives you that neighborly feeling.
Mount Airy has majority of its population comprised of White Americans, along with small communities of African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others. It is also the birthplace of personalities like Andy Griffith(Actor), Chubby Dean (MLB player), Donna Fargo (country singer), Ben Callahan (MLB player), and many more. Mount Airy does give you a cozy, homely feeling.
Salisbury
This city is situated in Rowan County, North Carolina and has a population of about 34,001; as of 2016. Salisbury is known because it was the birthplace of Bobby Jackson (NBA player), Elizabeth Dole (former US Senator), and the loved aerated beverage, Cheerwine.
Salisbury has wide choices for shopping (antique shops), eating and dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions. As for the educational system in Salisbury, N.C., it has 14 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 7 high schools, 10 private schools, and 4 colleges and universities.
Elizabeth City
The city is situated in Pasquotank County and Camden County and has a population of around 17,926 ; as of 2016. According to author Norman Crampton, Elizabeth City has been named as one of the 'top 100 best small towns in America'. The city is located at the glorious Pasquotank River which attracts many visitors.
The weather in Elizabeth City is stable, subtropical climate throughout the year with a good amount of rainfall in the month of July, with chances of tropical storms and hurricanes due to the Atlantic Ocean. Every year, Elizabeth City hosts the North Carolina Potato Festival during the month of May. Along with this, the Albemarle Craftsmans Fair is also famous that displays fiber arts, pottery, woodwork, traditional crafts, costumes, and jewelry.
Apex
The town is located in Wake Count, North Carolina and has a population of around 47,349; as of 2016. Apex is neighbors with Raleigh (east), Holly Springs (south), and Cary (north). It has all the benefits of living in a small town and has the advantages of big city amenities.
The transportation services in Apex are well up-to-date and the educational system is noteworthy. The maximum residents are White Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others. The town's government consists of a mayor with 5 members of council, one of whom temporarily serves as mayor.
Monroe
This city is located in Union County, North Carolina and has a population of about 34,818; as of 2016. There's a Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport which is only 5 miles away from the city. The racial composition of the city is comprised of White Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others. Monroe was home to some famous faces like Walter P. Carter (civil rights activist), Jesse Helms (US Senator), Speedy Thompson (former NASCAR driver).
Lexington
This city is an administrative center for Davidson County in North Carolina and has a population of around 19,105; as of 2016. There are 5 major highways that connect neighboring states together. And if you're into barbecues, then Lexington is the place to be.
Each year, Lexington holds the very famous Lexington Barbecue Festival  that attracts hundreds of enthusiasts from across the country. US News and World Report  has given 4th rank to the city for hosting the festival. No wonder the city claims to be the 'Barbecue Capital of the World'. Lexington experiences thunderstorms in the months of spring and summer, and has subtropical climate with moderate temperatures throughout the year.
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute
Historic Lexington Virginia
Virginia
New Bern
Did you know that famous novelist, Nicholas Sparks based his novel The Notebook  in this city. New Bern is situated in Craven County and has a population of about 30,101; as of 2016. According to the 2005 segment on NBC's The Today Show, New Bern was selected as one of the best places to retire.
Not many people know this but New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi  and is the 2nd oldest town of the state. The climate of this city is enjoyable with occasional highs during the months of May to September. The climate is subtropical, with winters bringing in the chilly, cold temperatures. New Bern has some notable people as well, such as, Graham Arthur Barden (13 term Congressman), Bob Mann (NFL player), Walt Bellamy (MBA player), Furnifold Simmons (US Senator), and many more.
Fayetteville
Last, but certainly not the least, Fayetteville, North Carolina is located in Cumberland County and has a population of about 204,759 (definitely a bigger number than the rest of them); as of 2016. Fayetteville is the largest metropolitan area in south-east North Carolina and the 5th largest in the state. You will find that the climate is somewhat humid, almost having a subtropical, moderate temperatures throughout the year. During winters, there are possibilities of snowfall also.
Apart from the white community, Fayetteville also has a racial composition of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other races.In 2008, Fayetteville was named the 'World's First Sanctuary for Military Families' because of its support to the dignitaries and the community as a whole. Fayetteville, N.C. is United States' most pro-military town, according to Time Magazine.
Market House From Fayetteville
Market House From Fayetteville
Downtown Fayetteville
Downtown Fayetteville
Each county/city in this state is diverse from one another and has something unique and special to offer its residents. It isn't surprising that each year, more and more people, from all over the country are opting to make a home for themselves here. I hope that this list was informative for you and will help you in making the final decision.