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Best places to raise a family in North Carolina

  • Best places to raise a family in North Carolina
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    Best places to raise a family in North Carolina

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in North Carolina? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in North Carolina.

    ALSO: Best commutes in North Carolina

  • #25. Jamestown—town in North Carolina
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    #25. Jamestown—town in North Carolina

    Population: 3,718
    Median home value: $229,200
    Median rent: $806
    Median household income: $63,482
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #24. Biltmore Forest—town in North Carolina
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    #24. Biltmore Forest—town in North Carolina

    Population: 1,516
    Median home value: $821,700
    Median rent: $1,639
    Median household income: $141,458
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #23. Indian Trail—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #23. Indian Trail—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 36,357
    Median home value: $177,200
    Median rent: $1,125
    Median household income: $72,726
    Percentage of households with children: 27%

  • #22. Wesley Chapel—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #22. Wesley Chapel—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 8,217
    Median home value: $321,300
    Median rent: $1,205
    Median household income: $103,438
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #21. Stokesdale—town in North Carolina
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    #21. Stokesdale—town in North Carolina

    Population: 5,278
    Median home value: $198,300
    Median rent: $687
    Median household income: $94,934
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #20. Rolesville—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #20. Rolesville—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 5,583
    Median home value: $259,000
    Median rent: $703
    Median household income: $91,000
    Percentage of households with children: 29%

  • #19. Oak Ridge—town in North Carolina
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    #19. Oak Ridge—town in North Carolina

    Population: 6,617
    Median home value: $320,700
    Median rent: $1,004
    Median household income: $109,509
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #18. Matthews—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #18. Matthews—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 30,054
    Median home value: $224,000
    Median rent: $1,047
    Median household income: $75,205
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #17. Huntersville—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #17. Huntersville—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 51,701
    Median home value: $259,200
    Median rent: $1,130
    Median household income: $90,633
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #16. Lewisville—town in North Carolina
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    #16. Lewisville—town in North Carolina

    Population: 13,356
    Median home value: $185,500
    Median rent: $819
    Median household income: $72,994
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #15. Raleigh—city in North Carolina
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    #15. Raleigh—city in North Carolina

    Population: 441,326
    Median home value: $218,200
    Median rent: $966
    Median household income: $58,641
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #14. Weddington—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #14. Weddington—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 10,254
    Median home value: $426,400
    Median rent: $2,313
    Median household income: $125,966
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #13. Harrisburg—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #13. Harrisburg—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 14,500
    Median home value: $245,400
    Median rent: $1,378
    Median household income: $88,865
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #12. Clemmons—town in North Carolina
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    #12. Clemmons—town in North Carolina

    Population: 19,536
    Median home value: $202,200
    Median rent: $851
    Median household income: $67,783
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #11. Cornelius—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #11. Cornelius—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 27,426
    Median home value: $258,800
    Median rent: $1,149
    Median household income: $86,355
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #10. Wake Forest—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #10. Wake Forest—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 36,472
    Median home value: $270,300
    Median rent: $973
    Median household income: $81,200
    Percentage of households with children: 27%

  • #9. Waxhaw—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #9. Waxhaw—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 12,398
    Median home value: $273,900
    Median rent: $1,228
    Median household income: $86,771
    Percentage of households with children: 28%

  • #8. Davidson—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #8. Davidson—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 12,076
    Median home value: $393,300
    Median rent: $1,054
    Median household income: $109,907
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #7. Chapel Hill—town in North Carolina
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    #7. Chapel Hill—town in North Carolina

    Population: 59,005
    Median home value: $390,300
    Median rent: $1,061
    Median household income: $65,373
    Percentage of households with children: 13%

  • #6. Carrboro—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #6. Carrboro—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 20,867
    Median home value: $326,700
    Median rent: $945
    Median household income: $53,513
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #5. Holly Springs—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #5. Holly Springs—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 30,126
    Median home value: $249,500
    Median rent: $1,231
    Median household income: $98,041
    Percentage of households with children: 27%

  • #4. Marvin—suburb of Charlotte, NC
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    #4. Marvin—suburb of Charlotte, NC

    Population: 6,056
    Median home value: $618,900
    Median rent: $3,071
    Median household income: $185,862
    Percentage of households with children: 31%

  • #3. Apex—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #3. Apex—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 43,893
    Median home value: $278,400
    Median rent: $1,162
    Median household income: $95,283
    Percentage of households with children: 26%

  • #2. Cary—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #2. Cary—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 155,822
    Median home value: $309,800
    Median rent: $1,084
    Median household income: $94,617
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #1. Morrisville—suburb of Raleigh, NC
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    #1. Morrisville—suburb of Raleigh, NC

    Population: 22,600
    Median home value: $291,400
    Median rent: $1,146
    Median household income: $92,769
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

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