CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ranking and review website Niche has broken down what it’s determined to be the best places to live across the Charlotte metro area.
Ballantyne East, which ranks as the third-best place to live in the state of North Carolina, topped the list locally. Ballantyne East received its best grade, an A+, in the following categories: public schools, good for families, and health and fitness. Its lowest grade of a C+ came in cost of living.
That neighborhood is followed by Dilworth, Fourth Ward, uptown — an area comprised by Second and Third wards and the Gold District — and Davidson on the list.
The “Best Places to Live” ranking is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of an area’s overall livability. To do so, Niche weighs a variety of factors, such as quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities. There are more than a dozen grades that go into calculating an area’s overall score. Data used to compile the ranking comes primarily from the U.S. Census Bureau but also from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other sources, in addition to reviews and survey responses from Niche users.
A total of 58 places in the Charlotte metro received the highest grade of an A+ in Niche’s ranking of the best places to live.
Niche’s list of the 20 best places to live in the Charlotte metro can be found here, along with each place’s highest and lowest grades and more.