10 Richest Cities In North Carolina For 2019


We analyzed 132 places in North Carolina to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in North Carolina.

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We’re just going to leave this right here: if you’re the home to many, many old tobacco farms and factories, you better believe you house some crazy rich cities. And, yes, we’re talking about you North Carolina.

Now, not every city on our Top 10 Richest Cities in North Carolina for 2019 can compare to Beverly Hills, CA, there are a ton of wealthy North Carolina gems on this list that definitely know how to roll out the bourgeois southern charm.

To create this list, we asked ourselves, what is important to rich people? Besides the obvious: high paying jobs, safe cities and neighborhoods, gold star schools, and high-end amenities, we know that the ‘one percent’ like to be catered to on a different level.

There are North Carolina cities on our richest cities list that do just that.

Cities on our list like Apex and Cary are the playground of North Carolina’s rich and famous with great parks, amazing schools, and posh shopping. And if you live in Pinehurst, your friends will think that you are super rich with 20 golf courses to show off within 10 minutes of your house. #Score

Now, it’s not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our 10 Best Cities to Live in North Carolina for 2019 that are also on our richest list. (It’s worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To see which cities make the dolla’ holla’ on our top 10 Richest Cities in North Carolina for 2019, take a look at the list below.

How does one get their hand on one of these super rich, Tar Heel cities where living your best life ‘ain’t no thing”? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $100,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The average median home price in this wealthy city is close to $500,000.

Secondly, you have to be a hard worker. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in these North Carolina cities are all below 4%.

So what city in North Carolina crushed all categories, that would be Weddington.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The state where the North meets the South is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about North Carolina:

The 10 Richest Cities In North Carolina For 2019

Weddington, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,388
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,262
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Weddington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Weddington by HomeSnacks User

Chapel Hill – Born and Raised – we are snobs because we lived in ShangriLa.

However….it has turned into a bad bedroom community of Raleigh. It is also infiltrated with Yankees. 40 years ago, it was a great town.

Now it s***s….except for the Heels!

Carrborro – The place is a dump. The people are not snobs at all. They are gay, and maybe snobbish in the gay community, however not relevant to anyone else. People in Chapel Hill do not even go to Carrboro….ever.

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,728
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $117,200
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge is a town in northwestern Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,185 at the 2010 census, up from 3,988 at the 2000 census. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 6,671. Oak Ridge is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of the center of Greensboro, North Carolina’s third-largest city, and it is a part of the Piedmont Triad urban area.

Summerfield, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,957
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,700
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Summerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Summerfield is a town in Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,018 at the 2000 census. At the 2010 census, the population had risen to 10,232. The official town limits of Summerfield is entirely located within Guilford County.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,174
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $170,500
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Marvin: Real Estate | Data

Holly Springs, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 31,827
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $101,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Holly Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 24,661, over 2½ times its population in 2000.

Pinehurst, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,580
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,724
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Pinehurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,124. It is home of the historic golf resort, Pinehurst Resort. A large portion of the central village, including the resort complexes, is a National Historic Landmark District, designated in 1996 for its landscape design (by Frederick Law Olmsted) and its significance in the history of golf in the United States.

Davidson, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,325
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $120,658
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Davidson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Davidson is a lakeside town on Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 10,944 at the 2010 census. It is home to Davidson College. The town is centered on the college from which it takes its name.

Review Of Davidson by HomeSnacks User

ive. Does have some problems, but at least it has not run all its middle class and minority people away like Davidson. Lived in Davidson from 1980 to 2015. Loved it! Well, loved it most of the time. Was a great small town for most of that time, but in the last 10 years or so, my ability to live there was not financially viable.

Couldn’t retire there.

When I moved to Davidson, I might see a dozen cars between Exit 30 and Sunset Road. I am happy that Davidson is moving in the direction their citizens embrace. Change is always happening. And I am sure my friends, long time residents and new arrivals are thrilled to be there.

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 45,899
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,305
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Apex: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina and a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 43,907 as of July 1, 2014.

Huntersville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 53,302
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $93,731
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Huntersville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cary, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 159,715
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $97,755
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Cary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cary /kæri/ is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Cary is predominantly in Wake, with a small area in Chatham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county’s second-largest municipality and the third-largest municipality in The Triangle after Raleigh and Durham. The town’s population was 135,234 as of the 2010 census (an increase of 43.1% since 2000), making it the largest town and seventh-largest municipality statewide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 159,769 as of July 1, 2015. Cary is the second most populous incorporated town (behind only Gilbert, Arizona) in the United States.

Review Of Cary by HomeSnacks User

I grew up in Cary and lived there until I moved away for college. It is a town that I would recommend to anyone for any reason. Cary is a place for everyone, great for seniors, great for raising kids, and great for young adults and professionals. The schools are fantastic, there is a great selection of food, activities, and experiences. It was a wonderful place for me to grow up and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for their forever home.

The schools in Cary were excellent, providing high quality education and service to the community. There are also various restaurants catering to different national cuisine. The only issue I’ve had as a young adult going back to Cary is that there is very little nightlife and the young adult population is on the lower end, mostly being kids coming home from college while on breaks. This is not unmanageable, as a city with a bustling nightlife is nearby, about 15 minutes away.

How We Determined The Richest Places In North Carolina For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In North Carolina
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 132 places with more than 5,000 people in North Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 132 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Weddington, crowned the “Richest City In North Carolina For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 132 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In North Carolina For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in North Carolina, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in North Carolina.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in North Carolina, according to data:

Poorest: Roxboro
2nd Poorest: Boone
3rd Poorest: Henderson

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In North Carolina

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Weddington 3.0 $133,262
2 Oak Ridge 3.67 $117,200
3 Summerfield 5.0 $103,700
4 Marvin 7.17 $170,500
5 Holly Springs 8.5 $101,341
6 Pinehurst 8.83 $81,724
7 Davidson 11.67 $120,658
8 Apex 12.33 $100,305
9 Huntersville 13.33 $93,731
10 Cary 14.0 $97,755
11 Morrisville 14.0 $95,763
12 Waxhaw 17.0 $97,904
13 Matthews 17.17 $76,007
14 Stallings 18.17 $80,601
15 Wesley Chapel 18.67 $112,037
16 Mills River 22.0 $63,387
17 Cornelius 22.0 $85,908
18 Lewisville 22.33 $79,071
19 Knightdale 22.5 $70,540
20 Clemmons 23.17 $71,554
21 Fletcher 24.67 $60,028
22 Winterville 25.0 $63,976
23 Wake Forest 25.33 $85,155
24 Mint Hill 25.33 $70,906
25 King 25.67 $58,268
26 Unionville 27.67 $69,662
27 Carolina Beach 27.83 $61,997
28 Indian Trail 28.33 $76,438
29 Harrisburg 28.67 $90,872
30 Stokesdale 30.67 $81,250
31 Mooresville 36.33 $67,213
32 Oak Island 36.67 $57,670
33 Wendell 39.33 $53,730
34 Rolesville 40.17 $96,384
35 Raleigh 40.33 $61,505
36 Garner 42.0 $60,797
37 Clayton 42.33 $59,338
38 Aberdeen 42.67 $53,255
39 Carrboro 43.0 $56,573
40 Belmont 43.0 $62,201
41 Boiling Spring Lakes 43.17 $51,023
42 Mebane 43.17 $60,851
43 Trinity 44.0 $50,718
44 Gibsonville 44.5 $53,549
45 Kernersville 44.67 $50,054
46 Pineville 46.17 $48,125
47 Chapel Hill 46.5 $67,426
48 Asheville 48.0 $46,464
49 Concord 48.83 $60,238
50 Elon 49.0 $50,521
51 Archdale 49.0 $51,154
52 Durham 51.17 $54,284
53 Leland 51.33 $63,090
54 Black Mountain 51.33 $42,500
55 Hillsborough 51.67 $51,640
56 Nashville 51.83 $49,656
57 Mount Holly 53.0 $53,798
58 Charlotte 56.33 $58,202
59 Kill Devil Hills 58.5 $50,898
60 Brevard 61.17 $40,232
61 Southern Pines 62.17 $48,511
62 Havelock 63.67 $49,604
63 Hope Mills 63.67 $48,925
64 Sawmills 65.5 $41,875
65 Greensboro 66.0 $44,978
66 Butner 66.0 $48,870
67 Kannapolis 67.17 $49,637
68 Angier 67.33 $45,428
69 Conover 70.5 $49,106
70 Hendersonville 71.67 $35,894
71 Sanford 72.33 $45,417
72 Hickory 73.17 $44,366
73 Mount Airy 74.5 $37,194
74 Cherryville 76.17 $42,083
75 High Point 77.5 $44,642
76 Newton 77.67 $39,035
77 Morehead City 78.0 $39,951
78 Burlington 78.33 $39,344
79 Gastonia 79.0 $43,985
80 Waynesville 79.33 $34,602
81 Jacksonville 80.67 $41,549
82 Wilmington 81.33 $43,867
83 Morganton 81.5 $41,225
84 Monroe 83.5 $45,803
85 Mocksville 83.67 $38,108
86 New Bern 84.5 $41,807
87 Fayetteville 85.5 $43,439
88 Tarboro 86.0 $33,542
89 Wilson 86.17 $41,037
90 Thomasville 88.5 $38,181
91 Woodfin 88.83 $36,946
92 Graham 89.0 $32,150
93 Spring Lake 89.5 $38,744
94 Marion 91.5 $34,308
95 Smithfield 92.17 $34,551
96 Asheboro 92.83 $34,293
97 Reidsville 93.83 $35,542
98 Williamston 94.33 $32,474
99 Bessemer City 94.5 $35,921
100 Rocky Mount 96.0 $37,607

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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