Charlotte named among Top 25 Best Places to Live in U.S.

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Light Trails, Highway, Charlotte, North Carolina, America

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A recent survey by U.S. News and World Report named Charlotte, North Carolina as one of The 25 Best Places to live  in the U.S. for 2020-21.

The Queen’s City came in No. 6 on the list, moving up 14 spots from No. 20 in 2019. The publication said several factors made Charlotte an attractable option including low cost of living, decent quality of live, and steady overall job growth in the area.

According to the report, “The Charlotte metro area grew by 5.83% between 2014 and 2018 due to net migration alone.” They also noted that the city “rounds out the top 10 most desirable places to live, with many U.S. residents expressing an interest in living there compared to other places on the list.”

Charlotte’s metro population is hovering around 2.5 million people with the median home price of $231,233 and an average annual salary of $51,000.

Another metropolitan area from The Tar Heel State fell just outside the top ten on the list. Raleigh-Durham made the list at No. 11 and continues to be an attractive place for people who work in the tech circuit. The area is also known as a hub for research development, education and health care with consistent growth over the past decade. From 2014 to 2018, the Raleigh and Durham metro area grew by 5.44% due to net migration, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A metro population of just over 1.8 million people with the median home price at $259,429 and an average annual salary reportedly $54,789.

Boulder, Colorado topped the list for the first time out of the 150 most populous metro areas in the nation.

“Boulder has a positive reputation among U.S. residents, based on the desirability survey, and excellent education for high school students, tying for the top spot with San Jose. Boulder residents enjoy a high quality of life with the mountains at their doorstep and an average annual salary of more than $64,000.”