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COMPARE CITIES FOR North Carolina


Compare city quality of life facts and figures for some of the best places to retire in North Carolina.

Compare home prices, cost of living, air quality, medical care, water quality, demographics and more. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.

  




North Carolina Cities
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City Type
City Type College Town Lakes & Rivers, Golf Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Wine Country East Coast Lakes & Rivers, College Town, City Living na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 59,246 15,945 18,834 6,211 842,051 78,040
Population (1990) 38,719 5,103 12,915 3,630 395,934 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 21 14 6 2 298 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,821 1,139 3,139 3,106 2,826 2,151
Home Prices
2017 $398,970 $271,422 $274,229 $289,220 $240,848 $425,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '17) 44.9% 25.1% 77.9% 91.1% 31.6% 68.0%
Annual Appreciation ('16 to '17) 0.0% 2.8% 2.0% 0.2% 0.0% 6.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '17) 2.4% 1.5% 3.9% 4.4% 1.7% 3.5%
Big City Prices ('17) $278,000 $278,000 $234,000 $278,000 $234,000 $319,000
Bargain Index 116% 79% 95% 84% 83% 103%
Big City Raleigh Raleigh Charlotte Raleigh Charlotte na
Monthly Rent $1,356 $1,046 $1,255 $1,392 $1,310 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 19.8 17.4 14.7 14.0 12.3 18.2
Cost of Living (2017)
Cost of Living 104% 83% 88% 93% 86% 109%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2016)
Good Days 66% 63% 76% 72% 45% 72%
Moderate Days 33% 34% 23% 25% 50% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 1% 2% 0% 3% 5% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 11% 48% 35% 11% 0% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 90% 52% 64% 89% 100% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 36 60 50 78 26 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 28 miles 44 miles 102 miles 101 miles 0 miles 72 miles
City Raleigh Fayetteville, NC Charlotte Fayetteville, NC Charlotte na
Recreation
National Parks 3 2 6 2 7 7
National Campgrounds 13 6 36 0 7 26
State Parks 5 3 6 3 19 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 4 1 1 0 8 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 38 128 13 47 4,901 346
2015 39 95 12 67 3,972 324
Gain ('15 to '16) -3% 35% 8% -30% 23% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 26 58 22 44 33 37
White 72.8% 92.8% 92.0% 96.1% 50.0% 80.7%
Black or African American 9.7% 3.8% 3.5% 0.7% 35.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.7% 0.5% 0.8%
Asian 11.9% 1.3% 1.6% 0.4% 5.0% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 2.7% 0.5% 1.0% 0.6% 6.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 2.7% 1.2% 1.7% 1.4% 2.7% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 6.4% 2.1% 3.3% 1.6% 13.1% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $99,852 $70,614 $55,833 $62,292 $64,154 $69,596
Occupied Housing 92% 79% 92% 48% 91% 83%
Vacant Housing 8% 21% 8% 52% 9% 17%
Home Ownership 48% 85% 23% 54% 59% 55%
Persons Per Family 3.00 2.60 2.70 2.70 3.10 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 107 days 107 days 107 days 107 days 107 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid Cool & Wet Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 27 F 31 F 20 F 34 F 32 F 27 F
July High Temp 89 F 89 F 76 F 88 F 80 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 48 in 48 in 52 in 61 in 44 in 35 in
Elevation 500 ft 730 ft 3,360 ft 20 ft 782 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Lower Lower Moderate Moderate Lower Moderate
Earthquake .1% .5% .8% .1% .1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 20-40 0 >60 20-40 10
Flood High Moderate Very High Very High Moderate Very High
Tornado Low Low Low Low Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low Low High Low Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 1 4 2 2 5 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2016)
Violent Crimes 30 4 18 33 87 40
Property Crimes 350 95 283 578 540 403
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 3,733 3,097 6,090 2,719 3,162 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 1,294 1,721 257 1,650 1,681 1,253
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