These Are The 10 Best Charlotte Suburbs


We analyzed over 22 places around Charlotte to identify the most kickass place 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:

  1. Tega Cay
  2. Davidson (Photos)
  3. Marvin (Photos)
  4. Weddington (Photos)
  5. Stallings
  6. Matthews (Photos)
  7. Huntersville (Photos)
  8. Cornelius (Photos)
  9. Mint Hill (Photos)
  10. Wesley Chapel (Photos)

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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Charlotte

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Charlotte, Nc–Sc Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 22 suburbs to evaluate around Charlotte.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 22 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.

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1. Tega Cay


Population 2014: 8,224
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $290,100
Median Income: $114,294

2. Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,492
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $379,200
Median Income: $94,551

3. Marvin

Marvin, North Carolina

Source: Marvinnc.Org

Population: 5,806
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $553,200
Median Income: $158,246

4. Weddington

Weddington, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,906
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $388,200
Median Income: $129,695

5. Stallings


Population 2014: 14,185
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $208,900
Median Income: $77,374

6. Matthews

Matthews, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,677
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Median Home Price: $215,600
Median Income: $71,361

7. Huntersville

Huntersville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,279
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $246,900
Median Income: $85,258

8. Cornelius

Cornelius, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,246
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $239,700
Median Income: $81,059

9. Mint Hill

Mint Hill, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,934
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $199,200
Median Income: $70,530

10. Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel, North Carolina

Source: City-Data.Com

Population: 7,882
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $312,600
Median Income: $91,463

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Charlotte

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Tega Cay 1 8,224 6.9% $290,100 $114,294
Davidson 2 11,492 6.9% $379,200 $94,551
Marvin 3 5,806 6.5% $553,200 $158,246
Weddington 4 9,906 7.2% $388,200 $129,695
Stallings 5 14,185 6.9% $208,900 $77,374
Matthews 6 28,677 7.5% $215,600 $71,361
Huntersville 7 49,279 6.6% $246,900 $85,258
Cornelius 8 26,246 7.0% $239,700 $81,059
Mint Hill 9 23,934 6.5% $199,200 $70,530
Wesley Chapel 10 7,882 8.5% $312,600 $91,463
Fort Mill 11 12,068 6.4% $190,200 $61,100
Waxhaw 12 10,878 10.7% $239,600 $74,650
Indian Trail 13 34,950 9.0% $170,400 $67,338
Mount Holly 14 13,815 10.8% $160,000 $48,290
Charlotte 15 774,807 10.8% $170,200 $53,274
Unionville 16 6,180 5.9% $191,800 $63,455
Mooresville 17 34,466 11.9% $186,100 $61,458
Pineville 18 7,855 10.3% $139,500 $32,492
Concord 19 82,266 11.7% $167,800 $52,901
Monroe 20 33,588 12.3% $142,500 $43,328
Kannapolis 21 43,865 13.2% $124,600 $41,453
Statesville 22 25,132 16.6% $133,900 $32,605

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