How To Pick Your Best Places To Live in North Carolina
It seems every time I’m at the magazine rack, I see a new list of the “Top Ten Best Places”, and they’re always the same towns.
And what's more even now when I do a search in Google or Bing, the same sites come up saying "Best Place To Live – " followed with a specific city or town in North Carolina or South Carolina.
I must admit, some of the titles to my blog posts also begin with The Best Place To Live in North Carolina or South Carolina HOWEVER….
if you've been around me for a while now you know I'm more interested in finding out what is important to you and what defines Your best place to relocate or retire.
Enough with my ranting and on to the more important topic…
How can the places on the Top Ten Lists be the Best Places for everyone?
No one ever asked me, “What’s important to me in considering a city or town for my Best Place?”
The real question is, “What would make a city or town Your Best Place”?
When I started looking at the best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina, for the relocation of my family, I realized I still didn’t know what a “Best Place” meant to me.
So, I put together a list of the most important questions to ask when evaluating best places to live in the Carolinas.
And I came up with “45 Lifestyle Qualities” to consider when picking Your own Best Place to Live.
Here's 5 to consider:
- One of the most important factors to consider is climate. The climate can change quite a bit within North Carolina.
- The middle areas of North Carolina are the hottest and often feel most humid.
- While the coastline of North Carolina offers you more of a breeze so you won't feel the humidity as much.
- The North Carolina mountains stay the coolest as you would suspect. But remember, you can even get a bit of snow and ice in the winter.
- The size of the city or town, and its pace of life can really make a difference when deciding your best place to live.
- If big cities or suburban sprawl make you sick, you’ll be wise to consider a quieter area however, you must be willing to drive a bit further for services.
- There are many pretty little spots “outside of town,” with access to all you’ll need, if you’re willing to drive a bit to get there.
- An areas growth rate…
- How fast is the area growing, and is there the infrastructure in place to handle it?
- Will your sleepy hollow become a bustling thoroughfare?
- How will the growth affect your daily commute and shopping?
- Is there an international airport within driving distance?
- Depending on how much you fly, this can be an important question. There are many smaller airports throughout North Carolina, many of which have connecting flights to larger airports.
- Most of the towns we discuss are within an hour of a major airport.
- Is the area affordable?
- Median housing costs, taxes, and the costs for goods and services vary greatly from place to place, through out North Carolina.
- Picking one town over another, even within twenty miles of each other can make a big difference.
Hopefully, these 5 tips gave you a good start to finding your best place to live in North Carolina, and got you thinking about what’s important to you
Don’t make your choice based on other people’s criteria.
There’s only one way to know what place is best for you in North Carolina.
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About Bob Bencivenga
|Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.|
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