NORTH CAROLINA – Two North Carolina cities – Concord and Morrisville – are among the top 50 places to live in the United States, according to a new ranking by Money magazine. The annual list, released this week, ranks communities based on factors such as safety, cost of living and diversity.
Among the communities on this year’s list, Concord placed 24th. Morrisville, in Wake County, was ranked 10th.
To determine the best places to live this year, Money analyzed a list of 1,890 communities with a population of at least 25,000. The publication then analyzed 115 separate data points about each community’s economy, the market. housing, education system, employment, weather and more.
Reporters then researched each location to make sure the stats were an accurate representation of each community.
Money added several more factors this year to explain the coronavirus pandemic and recent turmoil resulting from racial inequalities. The post incorporated new filters in two key areas: county-wide unemployment and housing distress due to economic disruptions from COVID-19; and demographics, to ensure that the locations selected for this year’s list were racially diverse and well integrated.
To ensure geographic diversity, the publication limited the number of communities each county and state could have on this year’s list – one community per county and two per state.
Learn more about the methodology used to determine The best places to live in 2020.
Here is an overview of some of the data collected:
Concord, North Carolina
- Population: 99,000
- Median household income: $ 70,000
- Median house price: $ 266,000
- Unemployment rate: 7.8%
Morrisville, North Carolina
- Population: 26,000
- Median household income: $ 103,000
- Median house price: $ 311,000
- Unemployment rate: 7.2%
So what is the best place to live in the United States? According to this year’s list, it’s Evans, Georgia. A town of 36,000 people perched on the Savannah River just northwest of Augusta, Evans attracts new residents with many well-paying jobs in health care and administration, as well as an army base American nearby, Fort Gordon.
Here are the top 10 best places to live, according to Money:
- Evans, Georgia
- Parker, Colorado
- meridian, Idaho
- Rockwall, Texas
- Colombia, Maryland
- Westfield, Indiana
- Syracuse, Utah
- Franklin, Tennessee
- Woodbury, Minnesota
- Morrisville, North Carolina
See the full list of The best places to live.