The 10 Best Counties To Live In North Carolina May Surprise You

North Carolina is home to a wide variety of lifestyles from city living and lavish lofts to suburbs with stellar schools, as well as remote hideaways in the mountains, along the coast, and everywhere in between. No matter your preference (big city vs remote or suburb), you’ll find it here in the Tar Heel State. But when compared side-by-side, which of North Carolina’s 100 counties boast the best spots in which to live? The following info was compiled by and can shed some light on where to live your best version of life in North Carolina.

Were you surprised by any of these? To us, it seemed the top counties we those with big cities. Do you prefer living in the city or a little (or lot!) removed? We’d love to know!

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