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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 ten richest cities in North Carolina for 2020 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 ten minutes of your house.
Now, it's not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our ten best places to live in North Carolina for 2020 that are also on our richest list. Wealthy cities tend to have it all. To see which cities make the dolla' holla' on our top ten richest cities in North Carolina for 2020, take a look at the list below.
At the end of the day, here's the set of the 10 richest places in North Carolina for 2020:
- Weddington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marvin (>Homes For Sale)
- Oak Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Davidson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. James (>Homes For Sale)
- Wesley Chapel (>Homes For Sale)
- Pinehurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Summerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Apex (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How does one get their hand on one of these super rich, Tar Heel cities? 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 is the wealthiest? That would be Weddington according to the most recent Census data we analyzed.
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 2020
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 northwest of the center of Greensboro, North Carolina's third-largest city, and it is a part of the Piedmont Triad urban area.
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.
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 and its significance in the history of golf in the United States.
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.
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.
Cary 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, 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 in the United States.
How We Determined The Richest Places In North Carolina For 2020
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 2014-2018 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 136 places with more than 5,000 people in North Carolina, we ranked each place from 1 to 136 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 2020". You can download the data here.
You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 136 places.
There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In North Carolina For 2020
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:
2nd Poorest: Wadesboro
3rd Poorest: Forest City
For more North Carolina reading, check out:
- Best Counties To Live In North Carolina
- Safest Cities in North Carolina
- Best Places To Retire In North Carolina
Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In North Carolina
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