If you’ve been along on our journey, you know we are currently looking at my favorite North Carolina best small towns and cities in the Piedmont Region.
The broad expanse of the middle of the state running from just east of Piedmont North Carolina best places to live of Raleigh. Over close to the North Carolina Mountain best places to live of Asheville in the west.
In fact today we are going to cover some of our North Carolina best small towns to live in the western part of the Piedmont Region just to the east of Asheville.
Another thing to note about the western Piedmont region is the closer you get to the mountains of North Carolina the more small towns and cities you find.
This is the part of the North Carolina Piedmont Region where you are entering the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain ranges. These Mountain ranges cross the western edge of North Carolina.
This is where you find rolling hills and beautiful forests.
Fast moving streams and some of the most incredible views in the entire state of North Carolina.
On that note, our first North Carolina Best Places to live stop today is in Morganton NC, population 17, 261 (as of the last Census.)
Morganton NC is basically a gateway town.
Set between the western mountains and the economic centers of North Carolina to the east.
For a small town it has a unique mix of culture. It has a high quality of life and so many leisure and outdoor recreation opportunities that it genuinely appeals to both young and old.
Moreover, walking around the downtown of this North Carolina best small towns to live is quite a trip.
From the beautiful courthouse that anchors everything to the ever-present classical music floating overhead.
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Morganton NC and a great mix of restaurants, antique stores and art galleries. If you want a closer look, check out our video.
Morganton is also quite popular with retirees and has ranked with Retirement Living magazine several years in a row. Frankly with a median home price of $120,000 and rental opportunities as low as $612 a month you can’t go wrong in Morganton, NC.
Our next stop of North Carolina best small towns to live is Lenoir NC. Although to be honest, Lenoir is considered a city. Population 17, 977, Lenoir sits just a half an hour northeast of Morganton.
Long known for its furniture factories, Lenoir is a Main Street Community. Which right away tells you there is a strong sense of community and civic pride.
Being near the North Carolina mountains means the surrounding countryside provides you with trails to hike, lakes to swim and rivers to fish.
Whatever you do take advantage of all the great community events including the Blackberry Festival and Concert Series at Broyhill Park.
A median home value of $99,800 and rental opportunities as low as $586 a month(last census), means your dollar will go far.
Entering the North Carolina best small town(city) to live of Marion, population 7,854, is a lot like stepping back in time to a very charming old North Carolina Southern mill town.
The last time I was there I was struck by how little life revolved around the daily grind.
No hustle and bustle, no honking horns just people out and about enjoying themselves.
A median home price of $84,000 and a monthly rental opportunities as low as $524 aren’t bad either.
What I call a cozy North Carolina mountain paradise is Black Mountain NC, with a population of 7,900.
Very laid back people, good quality of life, and a business community steeped in the best of the local mountain culture.
Would it make it easier if I just told you this North Carolina Best small town is often referred to as “The Front Porch of Western North Carolina”?
Anyway I think you’ll also enjoy the $162,000 median home price, and the median monthly rental cost of $768 is quite affordable. Although it is among the most expensive of the North Carolina best small towns to live we are visiting today.
I love the downtown with its beautiful flower lined streets and there’s even a local winery.
You’ll enjoy the local median home price of $126,500 and very affordable monthly rental cost of $511.
That’s all the time we have today! I’ll see you next week when we look at even more of our North Carolina best small towns and cities to live of the North Carolina Piedmont Region.
Have a great weekend!
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator for major corporations. Bob finds affordable best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina. Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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