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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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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