100 Best Places to Live: North Carolina & Hampton Roads Metros Make the Cut

by Think Currituck, on 2/8/17 11:27 AM

badge-best-places.svgU.S. News & World Report released their latest list of The 100 Best Places to Live in the United States and it includes four North Carolina metros and the city of Virginia Beach.

The latest list has Raleigh-Durham at No. 7,  Charlotte at No. 14, Winston-Salem at No. 37, Greensboro at No. 51 and Virginia Beach at No. 69.

America's most populous metro areas were rated on best quality of life, value and people’s desire to live there and each place was given an overall score out of a possible 10.

Here's some more detail on how they scored:

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 10.38.43 AM.png7. Raleigh-Durham - Overall Score 7.2

Desirability - 7.0
Value - 7.7
Job Market - 6.5
Quality of Life - 6.9
Net Migration - 8.2

What they said: "Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life." - Chika Gujarathi

charlotte.jpeg14. Charlotte - Overall Score 7.1

Desirability - 7.6
Value - 7.4
Job Market - 6.7
Quality of Life - 6.5
Net Migration - 8.0

What they said: "Charlotte is a metro area on the rise, and has its own culture, culinary sophistication and unique feel that's making it a more enticing place for people from all over the world to settle down." - Lauren Levine

winston.jpeg37. Winston-Salem - Overall Score 6.6

Desirability - 6.3
Value - 7.2
Job Market - 6.2
Quality of Life - 6.8
Net Migration - 6.2

What they said: "...while the population is traditionally Southern in its friendliness, it's also comprised of cultures from around the globe. The metro area celebrates its diversity during an array of festivals and through a variety of cuisines." - Brent Patterson

greensboro.jpeg51. Greensboro - Overall Score 6.5

Desirability - 6.3
Value - 6.8
Job Market - 5.9
Quality of Life - 6.9
Net Migration - 6.4

What they said: "Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of those places that's big enough to have everything you need, but small enough for you to regularly bump into people you know. People who live here love it and say they have no reason to leave." - Michele Hartle

Va Beach.jpeg69. Virginia Beach - Overall Score 6.4

Desirability - 8.0
Value - 5.9
Job Market - 6.5
Quality of Life - 6.2
Net Migration - 5.4

What they said: "Despite Virginia Beach's resort city status, the friendly residents and relaxed atmosphere found in this part of southern Virginia have swayed many to take up a permanent residence in Virginia's largest metro area. The glorious ocean views, beautiful waterfront homes and award-winning restaurants make this vacation destination a place worthy of being calling home." - Dawn Yilmaz


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