Whether you want to live in the capital, Raleigh, or in one of the many charming neighborhoods and towns scattered throughout North Carolina, you’ll find lots to love about the Tar Heel state.

The temperature rarely dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the winter. Sunbathe and build sandcastles on one of its many pristine beaches, or head to the mountains for a ski trip, the state has a wide variety of outdoor adventures.

The state has had strong job growth, adding 55,000 jobs year-over-year, leading to healthy population growth. If you’re thinking of relocating or moving within the state, here are several towns that should be on your list. And when it’s time to house hunt in earnest, talk to a local, experienced realtor to get the inside scoop.


This suburb of Raleigh has excellent public schools, a diverse population, and a strong job market. It’s close to the Research Triangle, which has contributed to its booming growth. Residents have the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor and recreational activities, particularly at the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center.

Median home values of $328,500 reflect the fact that this is an economically strong area. Median household income is $95,763.

Excellent schools feature an average student to teacher ratio of 16 to 1, and average test scores are 82%. Many young families move to Morrisville to take advantage of its strong public school system.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest is another family-friendly suburb located north of Raleigh. It features six miles of greenway trails within the city and more activities for nature lovers in nearby Falls Lake State Recreation Area. The downtown retains its historic charm, with independent stores and inviting restaurants.

Public schools have a low student to teacher ratios. Not a single school has a ratio above 18 students to 1 teacher. Almost 100% of the students in the district finish high school.

Median home values are $313,700. Crime is a little higher than other towns on this list, but still 32% lower than the national average.

Holly Springs

Growth has been exponential in Holly Springs over the past few years, largely in part of people flocking to the Research Triangle in search of well-paying jobs. Over 200 companies are headquartered or have a presence in the Research Triangle, such as IBM, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, and GlaxoSmithKline.

One of the reasons Holly Springs is so attractive, however, is that its cost of living has yet to shoot up as high as other towns in the Triangle. Median home values are $304,400. It’s an incredibly safe town, with a crime rate 65% lower than the national average. Schools are also strong, with an average student to teacher ratio of 15 to 1.


If you crave a mountain view, think about moving to Asheville. Found in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, city dwellers enjoy amazing views. The city has a laid back, Bohemian vibe, and is famous for its breweries and beers made with mountain waters.

Asheville is also one of the least expensive towns on this list, with median home values of $284,500. Schools in Asheville score lower than other towns on this list, and average test scores are only 62%, making it a better choice for nature lovers, retirees and young professionals.


Hendersonville frequently makes the list of best places to retire in the United States. It has several top-tier medical centers and a variety of retirement communities. The town caters to active retirees, offering the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra for those who want culture and nearby snow skiing for sports lovers.

The median home value in Hendersonville is $250,700, which grew 7.4% last year. While the average student to teacher ratio is 15 to 1, average test scores are only 52%. Low property taxes also draw retirees wanting a lower cost of living, and its proximity to the Asheville airport means that it’s easy to take a quick vacation to see the grandkids.


In 2015, Money Magazine named Apex, NC the number one place to live in the United States for its great schools, quaint downtown, and community spirit as seen through the weekly farmer’s market, jazz fest and PeakFest Street Fair.

The median home value in Apex is $350,100 and median household income is $95,283. Crime is 51% lower than the U.S. average. The average student to teacher ratio is 17 to 1 in Apex’s public schools and average test scores are 68%.

Before you commit to a city or neighborhood, talk to a local real estate agent. They’ll listen to your wants and needs in a home, and be able to identify the best fit among North Carolina’s many beautiful towns. Reach out to Clever to get in touch with an experienced realtor in your area today.