Raleigh Named No. 2 Best City to Live In

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Raleigh didn’t get chosen for Amazon’s HQ2, but it’s still collecting accolades in the form of continuing to make “best of” lists. The capital city was named the second best place to “live in right now,” according to Money Magazine.

“You don’t have to empty your savings account to afford city living in America — at least not in these locations,” according to the article.

Some of the key factors the magazine used to rank the cities were economic health, public-school performance and local amenities, though cost of living, housing and diversity were also “critical components.”

“There is so much to love about living in Raleigh,” said Mayor Nancy McFarlane. “Our arts and culture, business climate and, of course, the people.”

Raleigh’s proximity to Durham and Chapel Hill and its “relatively young, diverse and education population” were touted as some of the reasons it reached the top of the list. Money also pointed to the city’s number of museums, state fair and “average property taxes.”

The magazine only looked at cities with more than 300,000 people, and only one location was picked per state.

Here’s the Top 10 List:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Virginia Beach, Va.
  4. Mesa, Ariz.
  5. Seattle
  6. San Diego
  7. Colorado Springs, Col.
  8. Lexington, Ky.
  9. Jacksonville, Fla.
  10. Columbus, Ohio

If you’re looking to relocate to Raleigh, we have some amazing communities in the area. Consider the following:


This community offers open and spacious designs from 2,250 to 3,500 square feet and has a pool, cabana, recreational fields and more. Both Drees Homes and MI Homes are building in this community, which gives you plenty of options to choose from.

Longleaf Estates

Located right near I-540, this community offers two collections of single-family homes – 299 homes with a pool and amenities to be exact. With 3-6 bedrooms and 2-3 car garages, your family will be sure to find something that fits its needs.

Oakdale at Mordecai

If you love the bustle of downtown living, Oakdale at Mordecai is the community for you. Named as the 2017 National Community of the Year, these homes have distinctive architectural features and offer walkability to shopping and dining. Located in Wake County School District, you’ll have access to some of the city’s best public schools.

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