One thing that makes North Carolina so appealing is the broad diversity. This state boasts miles of beautiful ocean beaches, picturesque lakes, and majestic mountain ranges. Some of North Carolina’s residents love its bustling cities, while others love the tight knit community feel of its small towns. The people of North Carolina are as diverse as the land itself. There are so many good choices for places to settle down, it can be difficult to choose. Whether you plan to relocate from within the state, or are considering a move from elsewhere, here are the 12 best places to live in North Carolina.
Known for its small population and lush golf courses, Pinehurst offers the perfect setting for a family home. The city’s small population of just thirteen thousand ensures absolute tranquility–one that you can expect to find only in a golf course setting, but without standing in one. It’s not too congested as traffic is light (and surprisingly organized!). However, it’s not the serenity of the city that makes it one of the best in the country; it’s the fact that it’s serene without being lifeless. You’ll find almost everything in Pinehurst — from day schools to community colleges, from Pinehurst Resort to Mystic Cottage, from well maintained roads to Moor County Airport. And the list doesn’t end here. Pinehurst also enjoys the reputation of being one of the safest cities in the US. Last year, the violent crime rate here was just 0.52 per one thousand residents.