5 Best Places to Move to in North Carolina
1. Asheville, NC
Similar Colorado Cities: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins
Asheville is in many ways the North Carolina equivalent of Boulder. Asheville is much more progressive than other parts of the state and appeals to artists, musicians, and those who like their town a little weird. Like most progressive city centers, Asheville is among the most expensive areas in the state but still much more affordable than Boulder or Denver prices. Like Boulder, Asheville is not only quirky but also on the doorstep of tons of outdoor adventure.
According to Realtor.com, the median price of an average Asheville home is currently $349,700.
2. Charlotte, NC
Similar Colorado Cities: Denver
With close to 1 million residents, Charlotte is North Carolina’s biggest city
and the best match if you enjoy big-city amenities and things to do. You can live in a 3-bedroom condo in downtown Charlotte or find a great affordable home in one of the city’s fantastic suburbs. With great schools, affordable homes, and tons to do, Charlotte is a great place to raise a family.
According to Realtor.com, the median price of an average Charlotte home is currently $325,000
3. Raleigh, NC
Similar Colorado Cities: Colorado Springs, Fort Collins
Though it’s the capital, Raleigh is North Carolina’s “second city,” like Colorado Springs or Fort Collins. While not as big as Charlotte, Raleigh is still a sizeable town with tons to do and most of the big city features found in Charlotte in a more affordable package.
Do you like the idea of your kid going to a nearby school for a great education? Raleigh is within a 45-minute drive from the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and Wake Forest University.
According to Realtor.com, the median price of an average Raleigh home is currently $319,000
4. Nags Head, NC
Similar Colorado Cities: Estes Park, Breckenridge
If you’re moving to North Carolina to be close to the water Nags Head is an ideal destination. Nags Head and the Outer Banks gives you room to roam, access to on-the-water adventure and a saltwater lifestyle that’s relaxed and fun.
Because it’s less populous and a hot vacation destination, job prospects outside the tourism industry aren’t as good in the Outer Banks when compared to larger North Carolina cities. Nags Head has plenty of great places to live and amenities for retirees though housing can get expensive.
According to Realtor.com, the median price of an average Nags Head homes is $549,500
5. Wilmington, NC
Similar Colorado Cities: Castle Rock, Parker
If you like the idea of living on the coast but don’t want to live in a tourist city like Nags Head then Wilmington is an ideal destination. With a population of 130,000, Wilmington is not a big city but has plenty of amenities, features, affordable housing, local charm, and is only a bike ride away from the Atlantic coast. Great for those who like small-town living.
According to Realtor.com the median price of an average Wilmington home is $299,900