3 area towns make "best place for families" top 10
16 July 2013
Steve Lyttle, Charlotte Observer
Three Charlotte-area towns – Mooresville, Indian Trail and Matthews – made this year’s top 10 for “Best North Carolina Towns for Young Families,” according to a personal financial website.
NerdWallet’s list had Morrisville as the No. 1 spot for young families in North Carolina. Nine of the top 10 towns and cities are in the Research Triangle area near Raleigh-Durham or are Charlotte suburbs. The exception was 10th-ranked Havelock, along the coast.
NerdWallet said the rankings were based on three key factors:
• Good public schools.
• Affordability (factoring in the cost of mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance premiums, utilities).
• Growth factor (is the town growing and prospering?).
According to authors of the survey, Morrisville was ranked No. 1 in large part because of its location in the Research Triangle area. But the town also has excellent schools.
Mooresville was ranked second, NerdWallet said, because of its beautiful downtown buildings, the efficient and excellent schools, and the presence of NASCAR.
Indian Trail was praised for inexpensive homes. Matthews got a high ranking because of its excellent schools and the presence of several successful companies in the town.
Here is a link to the study.
Here are the top 10:
3. Holly Springs
4. Indian Trail
6. Chapel Hill
9. Wake Forest
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