The Queen City is now ranked among the top 20 best places to live in America, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. This year, our official rank was #20, two spots higher than our 2018 #22 ranking.
We beat out Dallas at #21, Greenville, SC at #22, and Portland, ME at #23, Charleston at #45, Tampa at #56, and Atlanta at #56.
The publication analyzed the top 100 most populous cities in America, by comparing each one’s quality of life, value, job market, desirability and net migration. This year, Charlotte achieved an overall score of 7.0 out of 10 (for comparison, the #1 city on the list, Austin, TX only scored a 7.6).
They came to Charlotte’s total score of 7.0 by weighting each category as follows:
Job Market Score – 6.9 out of 10
Value Score – 7.5 out of 10
Quality of Life Score – 6.5 out of 10
Desirability Score – 6.6 out of 10
Net Migration – 8 out of 10
The report noted that, “Charlotte has become a place filled with new restaurants to try and events that attract people from all over. It’s a standalone destination area now, no longer living in the shadow of Atlanta or Charleston, South Carolina. Though Charlotte has evolved significantly in the past decade, the transformation is only continuing, as evidenced by the numerous construction cranes across the skyline.”
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