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:
- Tega Cay
- Davidson (Photos)
- Marvin (Photos)
- Weddington (Photos)
- Matthews (Photos)
- Huntersville (Photos)
- Cornelius (Photos)
- Mint Hill (Photos)
- 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.
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.
1. Tega Cay
Population 2014: 8,224 Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $290,100
Median Income: $114,294
Population: 11,492Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $379,200
Median Income: $94,551
Population: 5,806Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $553,200
Median Income: $158,246
Population: 9,906Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $388,200
Median Income: $129,695
Population 2014: 14,185 Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $208,900
Median Income: $77,374
Population: 28,677Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Median Home Price: $215,600
Median Income: $71,361
Population: 49,279Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $246,900
Median Income: $85,258
Population: 26,246Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $239,700
Median Income: $81,059
9. Mint Hill
Population: 23,934Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $199,200
Median Income: $70,530
10. Wesley Chapel
Population: 7,882Unemployment 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.
For more North Carolina reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Most Ashley Madison Accounts
- These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In North Carolina
- If You’re From North Carolina This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today. Guaranteed.
Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Charlotte