These Are The 10 Best Charlotte Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 41 places around Charlotte to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Charlotte are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Charlotte for 2018:

  1. Tega Cay (Photos | Homes)
  2. Davidson (Photos | Homes)
  3. Marvin (Homes)
  4. Cornelius (Photos | Homes)
  5. Weddington (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lake Park (Homes)
  7. Harrisburg (Homes)
  8. Matthews (Photos | Homes)
  9. Huntersville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Waxhaw (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Tega Cay, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Charlotte ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Charlotte for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Charlotte was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Charlotte.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 41 suburbs to evaluate around Charlotte.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 41 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Charlotte.” We’re lookin’ at you, Tega Cay.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Tega Cay

Tega Cay, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,026
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $301,200
Median Income: $120,346
More on Tega Cay: Real Estate | Data

Tega Cay is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Charlotte area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Tega Cay.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $120,346 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Charlotte region. And only 6.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $301,200 each.

2. Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

Population: 12,076
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $393,300
Median Income: $109,907
More on Davidson: Real Estate | Data

Davidson is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Charlotte for 2018.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 4.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

3. Marvin

Population: 6,056
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $618,900
Median Income: $185,862
More on Marvin: Real Estate | Data

Here in Marvin, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Charlotte metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Marvin.

4. Cornelius

Cornelius, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,426
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $258,800
Median Income: $86,355
More on Cornelius: Real Estate | Data

Cornelius ranks as the 4th best suburb of Charlotte for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Cornelius and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Weddington

Weddington, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,254
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $426,400
Median Income: $125,966
More on Weddington: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Weddington.

Weddington gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Charlotte area, where houses sell for an average of $426,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Lake Park

Lake Park, North Carolina

Population: 3,678
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $182,800
Median Income: $69,926
More on Lake Park: Real Estate | Data

Lake Park is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.4% which is 10th best in the area.

According to online reports, Lake Park is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Charlotte area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, North Carolina

Population: 14,500
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $245,400
Median Income: $88,865
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 12.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Matthews

Matthews, North Carolina

Population: 30,054
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $224,000
Median Income: $75,205
More on Matthews: Real Estate | Data

Matthews is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.6% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

9. Huntersville

Huntersville, North Carolina

Population: 51,701
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $259,200
Median Income: $90,633
More on Huntersville: Real Estate | Data

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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Waxhaw

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Population: 12,398
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $273,900
Median Income: $86,771
More on Waxhaw: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Waxhaw.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Charlotte ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Charlotte, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Charlotte Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Tega Cay 9,026 6.0% $301,200 $120,346
2 Davidson 12,076 5.6% $393,300 $109,907
3 Marvin 6,056 4.5% $618,900 $185,862
4 Cornelius 27,426 4.6% $258,800 $86,355
5 Weddington 10,254 3.0% $426,400 $125,966
6 Lake Park 3,678 5.4% $182,800 $69,926
7 Harrisburg 14,500 7.1% $245,400 $88,865
8 Matthews 30,054 4.2% $224,000 $75,205
9 Huntersville 51,701 5.0% $259,200 $90,633
10 Waxhaw 12,398 6.2% $273,900 $86,771
11 Stallings 14,759 4.8% $221,100 $80,858
12 Wesley Chapel 8,217 6.9% $321,300 $103,438
13 Indian Trail 36,357 5.4% $177,200 $72,726
14 Mint Hill 25,024 4.4% $218,200 $69,336
15 Mooresville 35,387 7.4% $194,500 $63,632
16 Fort Mill 13,181 5.5% $209,100 $66,748
17 Cramerton 4,292 6.6% $182,000 $66,953
18 Unionville 6,397 6.2% $190,200 $63,771
19 Midland 3,322 4.2% $163,400 $55,583
20 Mount Pleasant 2,133 8.7% $183,800 $60,469
21 Concord 85,753 8.1% $169,800 $56,459
22 Belmont 10,494 7.7% $156,700 $60,314
23 Stanley 3,633 5.7% $131,500 $49,375
24 Pineville 8,244 7.0% $162,100 $40,597
25 Mount Holly 14,058 9.6% $156,400 $48,712
26 Locust 3,036 7.3% $154,400 $55,283
27 Landis 3,082 2.8% $139,200 $48,355
28 Rock Hill 70,251 9.5% $136,000 $41,291
29 Mineral Springs 2,847 10.9% $203,900 $56,364
30 Wingate 3,798 9.6% $135,600 $36,062
31 Kannapolis 45,685 9.7% $125,600 $45,863
32 Gastonia 73,877 10.5% $135,900 $43,003
33 China Grove 4,163 8.7% $98,700 $41,707
34 Lowell 3,616 7.8% $122,100 $48,024
35 Ranlo 3,535 9.1% $109,000 $40,031
36 Clover 5,593 9.8% $120,900 $45,833
37 York 7,989 7.5% $129,100 $41,341
38 Monroe 34,212 11.0% $146,700 $44,267
39 Dallas 4,602 10.5% $122,400 $32,886
40 Kings Mountain 11,053 16.4% $103,400 $37,023
41 Lincolnton 10,593 15.1% $123,000 $31,967

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