Whether you prefer the sandy beaches on the East Coast, the blue-green mountains of the Piedmont region or the big city flavor of Charlotte, North Carolina offers something for everyone. And newcomers have realized this: the state population grew almost 100,000 in 2013 alone. A relatively low cost of living combined with a moderate climate and a booming job market make the Tarheel State an ideal choice for professionals, families, and retirees alike.
Picking the right spot to settle down is no easy decision. Living near a major metropolitan area offers a broader range of options when it comes to jobs, schools and homes but it also means a higher cost of living. Smaller towns, on the other hand, offer the southern hospitality you're looking for at an affordable price. Mooresville, NC offers the best of both worlds when it comes to work and play. If a move to North Carolina is in your future, consider our town.
In compiling the rankings, five key factors were considered:
- Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime – Knowing that you'll be safe wherever you decide to call home is a top priority.
- Commute Time – No one likes being stuck in traffic; before you plan a move, it's helpful to know what kind of commute you're likely to have.
- Income – And if you're on the hunt for a new job in a new place, it helps to know where to find the best-paying positions.
- Residents Who Attended College – The percentage of residents attended some college can directly impact wages.
- Restaurants Per Capita – Finally, the number of restaurants and bars in each location, from good old-fashioned southern cooking to high-end cuisine, in order to appeal to every taste.
Situated in western North Carolina, Mooresville is less than an hour's drive from both Charlotte and Hickory. Incomes in the area are over the $50,000 mark, and major employers include the NASCAR Technical Institute and Lowe's Home Improvement, whose corporate headquarters are located in Mooresville. The low crime rate combined with the moderate commute time puts Mooresville at the top of our list.
- Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime: 1 in 344
- Commute Time: 22.6 minutes
- Income: $53,066
- Residents Who Attended Some College, No Degree: 27%
- Restaurants: 1 per 242 inhabitants
Did You Know: Nicknamed "Race City USA," Mooresville is home to several racing-themed attractions, including Dale Earnhardt Inc., Kyle Busch Motorsports, and the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame.