Growing Up In North Carolina
Deciding to start a family is a monumental event in everyone’s life, but deciding where you should be raising your family is just as important. There are a number of factors to consider, of course you want to be in a safe neighborhood, have good school options, and be in close proximity to work. For those looking to move to a city in North Carolina with their family, here is our list of the 5 Best Places To Raise a Family in North Carolina.
The small city of over 31,300 is a predominantly white-collar town with a reported 8.62% of the work force working from home. The city of Wake Forest is great for families that are just getting started and don’t want to commute to and from work. Wake Forest is in close proximity to Falls Lake State Recreation Area which is a great outdoor escape for any adventurer.
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Average Household Income: $72,155
Average Price of a Home: $246,500
Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 89% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:18
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,525
% of population under the age of 18: 56%
The small town of Morrisville has just over 20,000 and boasts a 4.08% unemployment rate, which is almost half of the national average. Along with great employment numbers, Morrisville makes our list of best places to raise a family in North Carolina because of its education numbers which are very impressive in relation to the other places in the state. The small classroom sizes and teacher to student ration of 1:16, can account for their excellent high school graduation rate of 94% making it a great choice for any family.
Unemployment Rate: 4.08%
Average Household Income: $78,771
Average Price of a Home: $266,600
Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 94% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:16
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,025
% of population under the age of 18: 45%
With a population of nearly 40,000 Apex has all the big city amenities that a family needs, but still has that small community feel. There will be no question about the type of education your children will receive as Apex has a high school graduation rate of 96%. Despite the unemployment rate being 6.24%, Apex is still has one of the highest average household incomes in the state at $89,398.
Unemployment Rate: 6.24%
Average Household Income: $89,398
Average Price of a Home: $258,500
Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 96% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:17
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 1,623
% of population under the age of 18: 62%
If you are worried about your children growing up without having a fun childhood, they will have no problem growing up in Huntersville. The city has a population of over 46,000, in which 56% are families that have children under the age of 18. Your children should have no issue making friends and finding ways to spend their free time living here. Huntersville has a high average household income and low crime rate, making it one of the best cities to raise a family in North Carolina.
Unemployment Rate: 8.12%
Average Household Income: $85,660
Average Price of a Home: $247,200
Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 92% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:23
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,291
% of families with kids under 18: 56%
The state capital makes our list as one of the best cities to raise a family in North Carolina because of its low teacher to student ratio and relatively low average price of a home. If you are looking to immerse your family in a diverse culture, then Raleigh is a good place to start looking to settle your family. Living in Raleigh you have access to many venues that will drive culture such as North Carolina Museum of Art, Carter-Finley Stadium, North Carolina State capitol, and much more. BHHS sales associate, Laura Deans gave us some insight when we asked her about living in Raleigh, “Here you can enjoy the beautiful parks and landscaping, go for a jog around the city, or meet friends in a great restaurant. The city is expanding at a rapid rate and was named one of the best places to live by Forbes magazine. Nowhere is far. Enjoy the theatre, or a concert, and then walk home..or take a Rickshaw; because… you can’t have a city called Raleigh without being able to take a bicycle taxi home, obviously.”
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
Average Household Income: $53,699
Average Price of a Home: $208,000
Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 89% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:14
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 3,659
% of families with kids under 18: 50%
Which city do you think is the best to raise your family in North Carolina? Don’t be shy, let us know in the comments below!