It’s a fantastic day here in Charlotte. It’s 67 degrees, sun is shining and not a hint of snow. Honestly isn’t that nice?
Obviously I’ve been here before and taken this drive many times. And I’m anxious to visit the last 2 best places to live in the Carolinas on the Forbes Annual Best Places for Business and Careers Report for 2013.
However, I can’t leave without once again visiting the best places to live in NC around this great city.
And there are some pretty some great places in this area to call home.Explore More Piedmont NC Best Places To Live
You know about the city of Charlotte well enough. So for today, I’ve grabbed something to eat to start the day and I’ve planned our route.
When asked about the best places to live in NC and the Charlotte area in particular, I decided this would be a perfect time to make a list.
Okay so the first on our stops of best places to live in NC around the Charlotte area isn’t in North Carolina. Go figure!
But I have to talk about Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
As best places to live in NC around Charlotte, I have to say that Rock Hill and Fort Mill are treasures.
There’s so much to love about this area, including the fact that these are two, All-American towns.
Both are relaxing and inviting places to call home.
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With Charlotte being so close to the North Carolina and South Carolina border, it isn’t any wonder why some of the best places to live are in both states.
The best places to live in NC of Waxhaw and Marshville are great areas.
Both of these best places to live in NC are close enough to Charlotte to commute for not only work but for the services, entertainment and restaurants.
I’ve always found both of these small towns to be friendly and full of things to do.
And perhaps one of the nicest things about Waxhaw and Marshville is that they are both very affordable.
Waxhaw’s historic district is enough reason in itself to call this location home.
If you are looking for a sleepy, Southern small town, Marshville definitely offers this.
It’s mostly farmland, but completing inviting.
Back into the Palmetto state (South Carolina,) the best place to live in South Carolina of Lake Wylie is a fantastic area.
If you want to retire or relocate your family near a lake and enjoy beautiful nature around you, you have to check out Lake Wylie.
As I sit here and look at the water, it’s easy to find yourself simply at peace.
Discover more about Waxhaw, Marshville and Lake Wylie
Remember, we’re still in the Charlotte metro area as we head towards the best places to live in NC
small towns of Matthews and Indian Trail.
Matthews is a small town but nevertheless on the list of best places to live in NC as it is the ideal place to raise a family.
There’s historic charm in Matthews but you’ll also find some affluent suburban neighborhoods.
Again a perfect location to live and commute to the bigger city for jobs, services and amenities. And it’s definitely more affordable.
The small town of Indian Trail North Carolina is a few miles to the south and west of Matthews.
It’s has become a significant commercial hub in recent years. Being just off US 74, it’s easy to get into Charlotte from here.
As you can tell from the picture, Indian Trail has deep roots and history.
On the south side of Charlotte is the city and another on the list of best places to live in NC of Monroe.
I seriously love the big streets with trees on either side.
Monroe is a small city but it has a strong economic center. And it’s perfect for both those who wish to find the ideal place to retire and those who are looking for work.
The area has a higher quality of life, one that’s too good to pass up on.
You can learn more about these best places to live in NC here:
As we look at the best places to live in NC in the Charlotte area, it’s also important to consider a few more great smaller cities and towns.
And while I have to get going, I’ve written about these best places to live in NC before so be sure to have a look.
All are great neighborhoods nearby.
I also think the best places to live in NC around Charlotte of:
All these areas are worth considering for both relocating your family or planning to retire.
There’s no doubt that Charlotte has something to offer just about everyone. I love all that it has to provide to such a diverse area. It works well for families because of the amenities, good schools, and good job opportunities here (it is well ranked as one of the best places for education, job growth, and entertainment in the area.)
So as we wind down this trip, I would like to thank you for coming along.
There’s nothing quite so enjoyable as spending a few nights under the open sky in Charlotte knowing you are close to the big city and the country at the same time.
I’ll see You in the Carolinas!
Before you go, make sure you learn about all the Best Places to Live in North Carolina and South Carolina on the list of best places for Business and Careers we’ve already visited.
- #19 Charlotte North Carolina Best Place To Live Big City
- #29 Asheville North Carolina Best Place To Live In The Mountains
- #61 Charleston South Carolina Coast Best Place To Live
- #67 Wilmington North Carolina Coast Best Place To Live
- #70 Winston-Salem Piedmont North Carolina Living
- #71 Piedmont North Carolina Triad Best Places
- Smaller Upstate South Carolina Best Places
- #76 Upstate South Carolina ~ Living In Greenville
- #82 Working and Living In Coastal North Carolina
- #84 Upstate South Carolina Best Small Cities ~ Anderson
- #86 Columbia Piedmont South Carolina Best City
- #93 Living In Burlington Piedmont North Carolina
- #99 Jacksonville Coastal NC Best Place To Live
- #100 What Makes Spartanburg SC Upstate Best Place
- #139 Can I Afford To Live In Coastal SC Myrtle Beach
- #157 Rocky Mount North Carolina Jobs
- #166 Sumter South Carolina Best Small Cities Jobs
- #167 Florence South Carolina Best Small Cities
- #179 Fayetteville North Carolina Jobs And Business
- #195 Hickory North Carolina Jobs And Business
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Robert researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Robert Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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