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We all know that living in North Carolina is wonderful. The State has something for everything and we often talk about how the “rivalry” between Charlotte and Raleigh. But it’s not just those cities that make NC great. Scholaroo created a detailed guide on the best US cities to live in. The report compared 150 cities across 47 metrics distributed in 9 key relevant categories: Crime & Safety, Affordability, Economy, Quality of life, Leisure and entertainment, Healthcare, Education, Employment, and Infrastructure. And in the best 150 cities to live there were four North Carolina cities. And only one of the big two, Charlotte and Raleigh were included on this list.

Additionally moving a little south, the Palmetto State also had four cities make this list. If I had to pick four cities to be included from SC, these would be those four. And the highest ranking city was the one that we always seem to talk highly of (for good reason)- Charleston. The other four cities are wonderful places to call home as well.

Read Scholaroo’s full rankings and analysis here and keep reading to see the North Carolina cities named the best places to live, as well as the NC cities, and the top 10 nationwide.

  • North Carolina Cities

  • 62. Asheville, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 82

    Rank Affordability: 70

    Rank Economy: 74

    Rank Quality of Life: 69

  • 69. Charlotte, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 78

    Rank Affordability: 81

    Rank Economy: 48

    Rank Quality of Life: 94

  • 82. Winston Salem, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 138

    Rank Affordability: 21

    Rank Economy: 94

    Rank Quality of Life: 55

  • 126. Hickory, NC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 69

    Rank Affordability: 57

    Rank Economy: 96

    Rank Quality of Life: 52

  • South Carolina Cities

  • 11. Charleston, SC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 32

    Rank Affordability: 109

    Rank Economy: 40

    Rank Quality of Life: 47

  • 17. Greenville, SC


    Rank Crime & Safety: 67

    Rank Affordability: 76

    Rank Economy: 120

    Rank Quality of Life: 38

  • 56. Columbia, SC

    Columbia, SC

    Columbia, South Carolina, USA downtown city skyline from Finlay Park at dusk.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 106

    Rank Affordability: 52

    Rank Economy: 137

    Rank Quality of Life: 53

  • 74. Myrtle Beach, SC

    South Carolina

    Rank Crime & Safety: 143

    Rank Affordability: 116

    Rank Economy: 110

    Rank Quality of Life: 35

  • Top 10 Best Cities To Live

  • 10. Lincoln, NE

    Lincoln NE

    Rank Crime & Safety: 49

    Rank Affordability: 39

    Rank Economy: 59

    Rank Quality of Life: 91

  • 9. Cambridge, MA

    Harvard North Carolina college hardest to get into

    Harvard University Eliot House across Charles River, in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Rank Crime & Safety: 24

    Rank Affordability: 144

    Rank Economy: 24

    Rank Quality of Life: 15

  • 8. Papillion, NE

    Papillion Nebraska

    An aerial shot of the Omaha Suburb of Papillion in Nebraska

    Rank Crime & Safety: 26

    Rank Affordability: 79

    Rank Economy: 20

    Rank Quality of Life: 144

  • 7. Madison, MS


    Mississippi State welcome sign along the US Highway 61 in the USA; Concept for travel in America and Road Trip in America

    Rank Crime & Safety: 6

    Rank Affordability: 111

    Rank Economy: 5

    Rank Quality of Life: 24

  • 6. Alpharetta, GA


    ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA – September 13, 2019: The Alpharetta Historic District contains several historic buildings dating from the late 19th century and older, and includes dining and shopping.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 14

    Rank Affordability: 124

    Rank Economy: 14

    Rank Quality of Life: 107

  • 5. Naperville, IL


    Carillon bell tower in Naperville, Illinois at sunset

    Rank Crime & Safety: 15

    Rank Affordability: 120

    Rank Economy: 9

    Rank Quality of Life: 119

  • 4. Amherst, NH

    New Hampshire

    Rank Crime & Safety: 1

    Rank Affordability: 99

    Rank Economy: 13

    Rank Quality of Life: 60

  • 3. Portland, ME


    Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape on Portland Harbor.

    Rank Crime & Safety: 42

    Rank Affordability: 96

    Rank Economy: 63

    Rank Quality of Life: 37

  • 2. Carmel, IN


    Rank Crime & Safety: 8

    Rank Affordability: 91

    Rank Economy: 17

    Rank Quality of Life: 120

  • 1. Naples, FL


    Naples coastal neighborhoods aerial drone photo

    Rank Crime & Safety: 4

    Rank Affordability: 150

    Rank Economy: 8

    Rank Quality of Life: 11

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