The 5 Best Cities for Millennials in North Carolina

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Millennials are going to be the driving force of the economy in years to come. With this in mind, it’s important to look at where the best places for millennials are in North Carolina. For millennials, it seems like the combination of employment opportunity and lifestyle that drives most of the decision making. Millennials aren’t putting as much emphasis on making as much as possible, but rather on living as much as possible.

5. Durham


With almost 33% of the population in Durham being between 18-34 years-old, Durham is a hotbed for millennials. Durham is home to Duke, so this helps bolster the amount of young people that are within city limits. However, it’s not just a college town. Durham has a ton of great restaurants and activities available for locals. Not to mention, if you’re working in Raleigh, Durham is just a short drive away.

4. Chapel Hill


UNC! UNC! UNC! Though Chapel Hill is Tarheel country, that doesn’t mean millennials who are outside of school can’t enjoy everything it has to offer. There are a ton of restaurant and entertainment options for millennials living in Chapel Hill. And you won’t be alone, a whopping 45% of residents are aged 18-34 years-old.

3. Charlotte

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Arguably the economic hub of the Southeast, Charlotte is a hot spot for many millennials. For recent college grads, Charlotte holds one of the strongest growing economies in the country. Also, it’s the entertainment hub for North Carolina, with The Panthers, Hornets and numerous music venues.

2. Asheville

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When you think Asheville, think high quality of life. Asheville is the perfect landing spot for any active millennials out there. Accessibility to parks provides seemingly endless hiking options.

1. Raleigh

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Consistently rated as one of the hottest markets for job creation in the country, it’s no surprise Raleigh topped our list of places for millennials to live in North Carolina. Raleigh’s driving force economically is known as the research triangle.

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