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COMPARE CITIES FOR North Carolina


Your comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for top North Carolina retirement cities is provided below. 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 (2010)
Population (Current) 57,233 13,124 17,122 5,706 731,424 71,497
Population (1990) 38,719 5,103 12,915 3,630 395,934 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 21 14 6 2 298 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,725 937 2,854 2,853 2,454 1,979
Home Prices
2014 $372,497 $284,644 $241,678 $245,933 $217,175 $354,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '14) 35.3% 31.1% 56.8% 62.5% 18.6% 43.0%
Annual Appreciation ('13 to '14) -2.6% -6.0% -8.0% -2.2% 2.7% 11.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '14) 2.4% 2.3% 3.8% 4.1% 1.3% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('14) $212,000 $212,000 $204,000 $212,000 $204,000 $251,000
Bargain Index 141% 108% 95% 93% 86% 137%
Big City Raleigh Raleigh Charlotte Raleigh Charlotte na
Monthly Rent $1,127 $1,158 $1,183 $1,117 $1,120 $1,363
Price/Rent Index 22.2 16.5 13.7 14.8 13.0 17.0
Cost of Living (2014)
Cost of Living 117% 100% 92% 93% 87% 118%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Good/Moderate Days 98% 100% 100% 99% 93% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 2% 0% 0% 1% 6% 2%
Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good 21% 54% 56% 14% 0% 37%
Threatened 0% 0% 3% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 79% 46% 41% 87% 100% 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 28 miles 44 miles 102 miles 101 miles 0 miles 80 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 (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 3 1 2 0 8 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2013 44 79 9 78 3,863 295
2012 25 65 18 69 8,012 285
Gain ('12 to '13) 76% 22% -50% 13% -52% 3%
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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 (2013)
Local and State 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 100 days 100 days 100 days 100 days 100 days 105 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 (2001-2012)
Violent Crimes 34 4 18 35 94 38
Property Crimes 385 106 315 620 594 398
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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