Florida may be the number one state people are moving to but strangely after reviewing at least 5 different articles, it is not listed in the top 10 best places to live in the US. So, what were the common denominators between multiple resources ( Money.com, BusinessInsider.com, RealEstate.US.News.com, CNBC.com and others)? Oddly there was only one, and that was…Raleigh North Carolina. Why Raleigh? Let’s dive a little deeper. We’ll begin with reasons people move as well as characteristics they look for in a desirable City.
According to Business Insiders “When deciding where to put down roots, many factors are in the eye of the beholder, such as climate, politics, or proximity to extended family. Other aspects are coveted by nearly everybody: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. In its ranking of the best places to live in America for 2019, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on these crucial components for more than 100 US cities.
They then categorized the data into five indexes for each city — job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration — to definitively rank these major metro areas. Scores for “value,” a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and “quality of life,” which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors.”
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring new residents every day with strong job growth and high quality of life. Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region’s many microbreweries. A strong sense of community is evident, as strangers are quick to provide a friendly conversation when standing in line at the supermarket.
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill also encompass beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch.
U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on the quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.
Profile written by local expert: Chika Gujarathi
“Growing up in Raleigh has been nothing but amazing. Raleigh has a superb family-friendly atmosphere and great quality of life. The southern charm of its citizens is constantly flowing through the atmosphere of the city. Raleigh has even been named the best place to live in North Carolina! When visiting, you’ll feel enriched and energized the instant you’re warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. Anyone and everyone could find themselves enjoying their lives in the city of oaks!”
“Amazing place to raise a family. With the population growing, Raleigh is booming with new start-ups, great restaurants, more housing, and so much more! Living in North Carolina allows you to have instate tuition to amazing public schools such as UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina State University and many more. Raleigh is becoming more innovated as companies and families roll in. I am very fortunate to have been raised in a city with so many opportunities!”
“Raleigh is simply an amazing place to live. There’s always something to do and something new to see! In Raleigh, you don’t have to go out of your way to find anything because it’s all right here. Despite being a big city, Raleigh still keeps its southern charm and hospitality without feeling too overwhelming. The people here will always welcome you with open arms! Another thing to add, Wake County Public Schools is consistently ranked in the top 10 school districts in NC. My children love growing up in Raleigh and we couldn’t have picked a better city to live in!”