U.S. News & World Report has released its 2018 Best Places to Live in the United States ranking. Charlotte made the list.
Affordability, the availability of jobs and quality of life are all things people consider when deciding where to move. U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Places to Live in the United States shows people are moving to the South, Western states and the Midwest. Charlotte came in at 22nd place in the ranking of the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas.
In North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham was ranked No. 13, Charlotte No. 22, Asheville No. 24, Winston-Salem No. 43 and Greensboro No. 60.
When deciding on a place to settle down, it's important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being. U.S. News created the Best Places to Live to highlight areas across the country that have the characteristics residents are looking for, including steady job growth and affordability. The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially.
To come up with the 2018 Best Places to Live ranking, U.S. News looked at data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Department of Labor. The various qualities residents look for — for example, the job market, affordability and quality of life — were weighted according to the results of the of a public survey in which 2,500 random internet users in 125 metro areas were asked where they would prefer to live.
Americans were less interested in the number of people moving in or out of a metro area and the strength of the job market than they were in overall quality of life and affordability.
Charlotte, North Carolina is ranked:
#22 in Best Places to Live
#22 in Best Places to Retire