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North Carolina is located in the southeastern region of the
United States and enjoys a signature mix of Southern hospitality and some of
the vibrant flavour of the east coast. People who move here particularly enjoy
the fact that they get the best of many worlds. To the extent that you’ll find
you don’t even have to debate between choosing mountains, ski areas,
waterfalls, lakes or beaches, because you’ll have it all. North Carolina also
enjoys easy access to big cities like Washington, New York, Atlanta and
You’ll have scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains to the
Piedmont and also the beauty of the Atlantic coast. To make it simpler, the
entire landscape can be split into 3 major regions, which are the coastal
towns, mountain towns and Piedmont region, which lies at the state’s center and
contains a majority of the big cities.
Presently, the state has attracted and convinced over 10.5
million people from all over the world to call North Carolina home. This makes
North Carolina the ninth most populated state in the United States and it also
contains the largest banking center in the nation after New York.
It surely looks like North Carolina has the perfect
combination of things that go well together, such as easy access to big cities,
variety of landscape and a low cost of living too. However, let's dive deeper
into understanding if it really is a mixture of everything that you’d love.
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The climate in North Carolina largely falls into the humid
subtropical classification of the weather, since the state roughly enjoys 205
days of sunlight. However, if we had to break it down into seasons, the state
actually gets four distinct seasons throughout the year - Spring, Summer,
Winter and Autumn which we’ll explain in brief below. Also, just a heads up
that the climate varies drastically on the Atlantic coast in the eastern
region, compared to the Appalachian mountains in the west of the state.
Well, when it comes to the roadways, you have nothing to
fear, since North Carolina has the second-largest state owned highway system in
the entire nation. This proves that there’s 48 other states that haven’t
experienced such a vast network of state and interstate highways. The state does
get to flex about another fact that all the roads are maintained well by the
state itself or municipalities. If anything, there is no version of ‘county
road’ within North Carolina. Some of the main lifelines for the residents to
connect themselves across the state are:
Interstate 95 - This is a major East Coast running road that links New England states to Florida.
Interstate 85 - Runs from North Carolina upto the manufacturing hubs upto the Southeast.
Interstate 40 - A road that covers the opposite coastline, aiming to connect one coast to another, starting from North Carolina and running all the way to California.
See also: North Carolina DMV Change of Address
No matter where or how far you need to reach, remember that
in North Carolina, it is considered that you’re just one flight away from your
destination. There’s not only plenty of direct flights to Europe and Latin
America, but 1000+ daily flights to domestic destinations too. Goes without
saying, the airlines in North Carolina are well-connected to both international
and domestic destinations.
The most extensive international airports are:
In addition to the international airports, the state also
has 76 publicly owned and 225 privately owned airports. Some of the larger
airports are located at Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro,
Kinston, Raleigh/Durham, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. More than 36 million
people fly to and from North Carolina each year, keeping the airlines busy all
‘NC By Train’ is the organization that serves and operates a couple of railway routes in the state. Overall, there’s six intercity passenger routes with 16 stops in busy cities. In addition to that, more than 70 percent of the population is within 30-mile radius of a passenger train, which means that a decent percent of people have access to these train routes. Below is a short snippet of the 6 train lines.
The Piedmont line (includes trains 73-78, color coded
blue): Runs from the city of Raleigh to Charlotte. Stops in NC include Raleigh,
Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and
The Carolinian line (includes train 79 and 80, color
coded red): Runs from the city of Charlotte to New York. NC stops include Rocky
Mount, Wilson, Selma, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point,
Salisbury, Kannapois and Charlotte.
The Crescent line (includes train 19 and 20, color
coded grey): Runs from New Orleans to New York. NC stops are Gastonia,
Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point and Greensboro.
The Silver Star line (includes train 91 and 92, color
coded yellow): Runs from Savannah to New York. NC stops are Rocky Mount,
Wilson, Selma, Raleigh, Cary, Southern Pines and Hamlet.
The Silver Meteor/Palmetto line (includes train 97 and 98, color
coded orange): Once again runs from Savannah to New York. NC stops are just
Rocky Mount, Wilson, Selma and Fayetteville.
Apart from these 3 modes, the state boasts of mass public
transit in most North Carolina counties, making intra city travel to an extent
convenient for residents. Specifically, the intercity bus service that has been
strategically planned, plays a huge role in serving many cities and towns all
over the state. The fixed bus routes help to get residents to medical,
educational, employment, or recreational facilities in the town they reside.
However, some services are concentrated in the big cities which is why we’d
still recommend having a car in the long term to get around the state.
Currently, the population of the state of North Carolina is
10.5 MILLION people! Since there are millions of people, there’s definitely a
need of millions to also service a population that’s already this big and still
growing. Which is why it should come as no surprise that jobs linked with the
service sector are the big industries in need of employees.
Food service companies, retail, banks, universities,
hospitals, clothing and footwear companies are some of the leading industries
of the state. In addition to these biotechnology, finance, energy and information
technology are the other sectors that are rapidly growing.
Bank of America, Lowe's, BB&T Corp, Advance Auto Parts,
Hanesbrands are the top companies that have headquarters in the state of North
Carolina and make huge contributions to the economy of the state. North Carolina is also home to 12
Fortune 500 companies. Do note that most of the huge corporations choose
to settle in the metropolitan areas of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and
According to reports by HomeSnacks, the average median rent
of houses in North Carolina is $1,395 which is roughly 15% lesser when compared
with the national average.
To put things into perspective, let’s do a comparative
analysis with the tentative rent costs for a 1 bedroom in the other states so
you can see things at a price point:
We’ve taken the average rent of 1-bedroom houses in
neighboring states, simply to help point out where North Carolina stands when
it comes to rent prices with its neighbors. These are just the tentative costs
you can use for budgeting to predict if you would be paying way more or less in
North Carolina, depending on the rent paid in your former state. Do note that
in certain areas such as Marvin, Pinehurst, Harrisburg, Morrisville and Wesley
Chapel, the cost of rent will be much higher, since these are the neighborhoods
with comparatively higher rent prices.
According to Zillow, the average median listing price of
homes in North Carolina is $219,690, which makes housing here almost on par
with the national average. If we had to convey things from a price perspective
and give you a rough estimate, you would approximately be paying
$187,300-$219,690 for a home in North Carolina. In contrast however, the
national average for the same home would be $231,200.
In addition to that, the average median household income
needed to live a comfortable life in North Carolina is roughly around $52,413
(according to Niche), while the national average is around $55,322. This once
again proves that the cost of living is almost equivalent to the rest of the
country. However it isn’t completely there yet, so you can still save a
considerable amount by moving to North Carolina. Do note that we are providing
a rough figure so you can see things at a price point. At the same time, the
funds you spend could definitely vary depending on the locality, house size and
lifestyle you adopt.
When it comes to the cost of living, the state is roughly
3.7% lower, when put up against the national average. Housing, utilities,
groceries, transportation and health care all cost below the national average
here, but we wouldn’t term anything as dirt cheap in the cities.
Also read: Lowest Cost of Living States in the US
1. Duke University, Durham2. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem3. Davidson College, Davidson4. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill5. North Carolina State University, Raleigh6. Appalachian State University, Boone7. University of North Carolina, Wilmington8. University of North Caroline Charlotte9. Elon University, Elon10. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem
1. Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill2. Polk County Schools, Columbus3. Union County Public Schools, Monroe4. Watauga County Schools, Boone5. Elkin City Schools, Elkin6. Asheville City Schools, Asheville7. Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville8. Carteret Public County Schools, Beaufort9. Wake county Schools, Cary10. Dare County Schools, Nags Head
The city of Raleigh is the second largest city in the state and is home to North Carolina State University. It is also part of the Research Triangle which makes one of the major centers for high-tech and biotech research along with outstanding cities of Durham and Chapel Hill. This without doubt makes it a great hub for those looking for big career opportunities. The city has even been ranked as one of the best places for business and is the 12th best city to raise a family in America. Raleigh just happens to impressively check out the boxes for great education systems, career opportunities, progressive communities and hence tops our list.
Median price of homes sold: $236,700Median rent: $1,074
See also: Moving to Raleigh
You may probably recognise this city from the blockbuster
film ‘Hunger Games’, where Charlotte starred as an innovative futuristic city.
Well, the city of Charlotte surely lives up to that portrayal and is often
referred to as a power city. Basically, it would be fair to dub Charlotte as
the alpha of all cities in North Carolina. It is also recognised for its strong
hiring market, affordable housing, magnetic nightlife, stunning skylines,
top-notch restaurants and much more. Charlotte is a large city and every pocket
of this city offers something different to its residents. If you’re considering
moving here, we’d highly recommend checking out some of the best neighborhoods
in Charlotte which are Uptown, First Ward, Dilworth, Sharon Woods, Myers Park
and Ballantyne West.
Median price of homes sold: $200,500Median rent: $1,086
See also: Moving to Charlotte NC
This city occupies a space in the western portion of the
state which makes it a mountain town. Residents of Asheville enjoy beautiful
views of the Blue Ridge Mountains that’s just an hour away from downtown
Asheville. The city also has an extremely lively art scene. Even though the
pace of life here is slower than that of other large metropolitan cities,
stagnation is something that’s rarely ever a phenomenon here. Asheville is
known for embracing an artsy lifestyle, with live music and stunning scenery
being staples here. This city is definitely one of the smaller towns, but don’t
be too quick to dismiss. Remarkably, Asheville has been making massive strides
in the economic ladder. The fact that it is presently the 12th most populated
city of North Carolina should serve as an indicator of that.
Median price of homes sold: $242,500Median rent: $1,001
Also read: Moving to Asheville NC
Although Greensboro is the state’s third most populous city,
it has no shortage of affordable housing. Ultimately, it’s one of the biggest
pulls the city has towards attracting more residents to this region. Greensboro
is also part of the Piedmont Triad. Few of the perks of this region (Piedmont
Triad) is its locality, since it is halfway between big hubs like New York and
Florida. But at the same time, it is also sandwiched halfway between Washington
DC and Atlanta in Georgia. Other than location, the city also boasts of
excellent transportation and educational facilities. Clemmons, Oak Ridge,
Lewisville, Summerfield and Jamestown are some of the best localities of the
Median price of homes sold: $152,900Median rent: $846
Once again, Durham is also part of the state’s renowned
‘Research Triangle’, just like the city of Raleigh. Durham sets itself apart
from huge metropolitan cities by possessing a small-town charm along with
cosmopolitan features. It is filled with well-established school systems,
historic districts, recreation parks and art centers. In comparison to the rest
in this list, Durham is a relatively young city, but it’s far from being a
sleepy town, because of its booming startup culture that makes it the
self-proclaimed Silicon Valley of the state.
Median price of homes sold: $207,900Median rent: $1,005
A place with great diversity both natural and cultural, a strong job
market and a low cost of living... It's no coincidence that more and more
people are flocking to North Carolina and calling it home. All these along with
an impressive healthcare and education system makes the state a great place to
North Carolina is among the best states in the US to find a job, and
Raleigh has started developing into a mini Silicon Valley.
The Tar Heel State takes its education very seriously. This is evident
by the excellent institutions including Duke University, the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. Also, this
sector is a major employer in North Carolina.
North Carolina has both mountains and beaches. If you’re one who loves
both or your family is split between a beach or a mountain home, there’s
something for everyone here.
The state and the city governments can be at odds with each other,
especially in case of the more liberal cities against a conservative state.
The weather in North Carolina is rather mild, with hot summers and in
winters, snowfall is rather rare. Tornadoes are most likely to arrive in spring
while the fall season is when cyclones are bound to arrive.
With an average crime rate of 45 per 1,000 residents, Greensboro is the
most dangerous city in North Carolina. According to NeighborhoodScout, there’s
a one in 122 chances of you becoming a victim of a violent crime. With regard
to property crimes, there’s a one in 27 chances.
An annual salary above $56K would place you in the top 25% of the
earners in North Carolina.
Moving to North Carolina would take you an average of $25 to $50 per
hour, only taking into account the manpower. A local move (short distance move
below 100 miles) would cost between $601 to $1,648 with an average of $1,102.
Long distance moves would cost you an average of $4,300. Of course, both moves
are influenced by the quantity of stuff you’re moving, insurance, distance,
season and many other factors.
Hamlet in Richmond County is the cheapest city in North Carolina. The
cost of living index of this city is a mere 76.5. According to Zillow, the
average home value in Hamlet is $74,906. But on the downside, the city has a
slightly higher than average crime rate.
Friendly people: North Carolina is a place that’s very diverse, with people from all over the world who have called this place home. And what’s more? They’re very friendly and the welcoming kind, living up to the renowned Southern hospitality.
The great outdoors: North Carolina has mountains and beaches both, and a lot of adventurous activities to pursue. A drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway, regarded as one of the most scenic roads in the US, is a must-do.
It’s affordable: For all the awesomeness of North Carolina, moving here won’t be heavy on your wallet too! The cost of living here is 90.6, which means it’s lower than the national average.
The job market: Particularly in Raleigh, there has been a tech boom. Which is why North Carolina attracts the younger generation. Also, the education sector provides a good chunk of jobs too. This along with the high quality of schools and universities make it great for families to move here.
On an average, a gallon of milk costs $1.86 in North Carolina. This rate
differs from city to city.
According to Zippia, the best paying jobs in North Carolina are in the
healthcare sector. Anesthesiologists, surgeons and orthodontists earn average
salaries of $274,610, $274,240 and $263,040 respectively.
If you’ve been wondering which are the fastest-growing jobs here,
they’re for the roles of statisticians, credit counselors and nurse
Housing in North Carolina is quite affordable, with the property tax
around 0.86% of the value of your house. Depending on your financial standing
or preference, you can choose between 15 or 30-year loans. The 15-year loan has
a mortgage rate of 3.75% and the 30-year loan, 4.25%.
North Carolina has a flat income tax rate of 5.25%, which means that you’ll be paying the same tax rate irrespective of your salary. While the cities here have no local income taxes, you’d still have to pay an average combined state and local sales tax of 6.97%. Considering this, North Carolina comes halfway with regards to being tax friendly.
Our Take On North Carolina
The state of North Carolina possesses highly urban productive pockets, a stunning coastline, good weather, serene mountain towns, charming small towns, relatively low housing prices, friendly communities and much more. It even has accessibility to some of the things people seek in big cities like New York or Washington D.C, which makes it part of the fast-growing cities. Well, now that you know all the ground realities of why millions choose to reside here, you can take a more informed call about moving to the gorgeous state of North Carolina.
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