Where can one find metro Charlotte’s most desirable places to live?
Niche recently released rankings aimed at answering that question.
The Pittsburgh-based research and review site — also known for its rankings on K-12 schools and colleges — recently came out with its 2018 Best Places to Live in America report, which analyzes federal public data and user reviews to produce a thorough look on which communities boast the best qualities of life. Tega Cay, a small city about 20 miles south of Charlotte, registered as the top such place in South Carolina.
The process used by Niche to compile the rankings includes weighing more than a dozen factors and assigning grades in areas like cost of living, public schools, housing, crime and safety, jobs, nightlife, commute and outdoor activities. Niche pulls data from agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct its research. The full methodology can be accessed here.
Niche also breaks out its research in various categories, including best places to buy a house, most diverse, best for young professionals, best for families and top neighborhoods.
The best place to live in North Carolina fell outside the Charlotte region, according to Niche’s ranking. Morrisville, in the Triangle area, claimed the top spot in North Carolina — and also landed at No. 19 nationwide. Cary, also in the Triangle area, was the only other place in North Carolina to land on the national ranking, placing at No. 76.
Still, several areas in the Charlotte region scored high in the state rankings. The accompanying slideshow provides a look at the top 20 places to live across metro Charlotte as well as each’s state ranking and full “report card.”