The North Carolina Piedmont Plateau comprises about one-third of the state and is bordered to the east by the state capital Raleigh* NC. To the west by Forest City NC. It comprises the middle of the state.
The heart of the state, in location and character, the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau is home to the six largest cities in the state. And eight of the top ten Best Places to live in North Carolina.
North Carolina Piedmont Plateau is made up of gently rolling hills, with elevations of about 200 feet up to 1500 feet.
The highest regions of the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau are the small mountains of the Uwharrie Range around Randolph County and the Kings Mountain range around Cleveland and Gaston Counties.
In addition to these locational and geographical characteristics, the denser development in the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau also increases it’s temperature.
As most of the population of North Carolina is located in the Piedmont Plateau, most of the large cities are also located there.
Increases in urban development, population density, vehicular traffic, and pollution associated with commerce lead to higher temperatures.
Average temperatures during the height of the summer are in the low nineties in most of the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau. While average temperatures in the winter are in the forties.
Precipitation in the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau is similar to that of the Coastal Plain. Most of the precipitation comes in the form of rain, and once or twice a year there is some snow and sleet.
The northern part of the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau receives the most snow. Averaging about ten inches a year in the northwestern section. The rest of the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau receives an average of one to four inches of snow per year.
In the past, the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau was an agricultural center.
Today, the North Carolina Piedmont Plateau is focused more on manufacturing, industry and business based out of the cities. Some of the agricultural past survives.
For instance, the sandy soils of the Piedmont, which warm quickly in the spring, are a great source of early peaches, to be shipped to the rest of the state.
The North Carolina Piedmont Plateau is home to one of the fastest growing and most popular areas for retirement.
Located in the southeastern section of the Piedmont is the Sandhills region.
The Sandhills region draws in not only retirees but the active young families with its fabulous golf courses, temperate winters, equestrian history and beautiful, small towns.
An area once known as a winter retreat for Northerners is now drawing people all year round.
North Carolina Piedmont Best Places
North Carolina Piedmont Cities and Towns
- Black Mountain
- Chapel Hill
- Forest City
- Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock & Lake Lure
- High Point
- Mount Airy
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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