Known as the Tarheel State, North Carolina is the 10th largest state in the U.S. and had a population of over 9.7 million in 2012. It contains a diversity of geographical features and is divided into three sections. The mountains are in the west, the Piedmont is in the middle and the coastal plains are in the east. Its central location on the Atlantic Coast, mild weather and economic diversity make it a great place to call home. Also, its two largest metropolitan areas of Raleigh and Charlotte are among the top 10 fastest-growing in the country. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to live in North Carolina.
This is the largest city in North Carolina and the second-largest banking center in the U.S. after New York. It’s home to numerous corporations, including seven Fortune 500 companies. It’s known for automotive racing with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it’s where the NASCAR Hall of Fame is located. In terms of attractions, Charlotte has several museums, sporting venues, an amusement park and performing arts centers.