In a recent ranking published earlier this month, three of Charlotte’s neighborhoods placed top 100 places to live in the U.S. and five top 200 out of more than 11,500 U.S. areas.
The “2019 Best Places to Live in America” by Niche, ranked City Center (No. 30), Dilworth (No. 35), and Sharon Woods (No. 91), in the top 100 places to live. Not far behind in the top 200 were, Providence Park (No. 130), Fourth Ward (No. 151), Hembstead (No. 159), First Ward (No. 167), and Ballantyne West (No. 171).
Niche’s ranking is based on a comprehensive assessment of overall livability of an area. The ranking accounts for several key factors including, the quality of schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities, in order to measure the overall quality of a given area. For more information on how these factors are considered, visit niche.com.
If you’re interested in relocating to Charlotte, these areas are worth a closer look! Let’s start with No. 30, City Center. Ranked No. 1 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte, City Center is a diverse area close to bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. City Center is popular amongst young professionals with around 7,800 residents and has a higher percentage of renters at 75 percent. This area ranked highest in commute, health and fitness, nightlife, and being good for families with the lowest scores in cost of living and public schools.
No. 35, Dilworth is known for its parks, trendy boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, Dilworth offers a suburban feel and tends to attract many young professionals. Dilworth ranked No. 2 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte and has a population of about 8,500. Dilworth has an overall A+ rating and a highly rated school system, ranking lowest in diversity. The neighborhood offers numerous renovated and update bungalows in a wide range of prices making it extremely attractive to young families.
Sharon Woods, No. 91 on the list and No. 3 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte, is much smaller than Dilworth, with a population of just under 5,000. This neighborhood ranked high in all categories including an A+ in public schools, housing, health and fitness, and good for families. Sharon Woods has a suburban feel with about 65 percent of its residents owning their homes.
Here’s a look at the other five Charlotte neighborhoods that made the top 200:
Providence Park (No. 130): Population of 2,582; 62 percent rent; ranked highest in health and fitness and good for families; ranked No. 4 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte.
Fourth Ward (No. 151): Population of 5,131; 63 percent rent; ranked highest in nightlife and lowest in public schools; ranked No. 5 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte.
Hembstead (No. 159): Population of 4,167; 76 percent own; ranked highest in housing, good for families, and health and fitness; ranked No. 1 best neighborhood to raise a family in Charlotte.
First Ward (No. 167): Population of 3,045; 90 percent rent; ranked highest in good for families, and health and fitness; ranked No. 7 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte.
Ballantyne West (No. 171): Population of 17,973; 67 percent rent; ranked highest in good for families and lowest in cost of living; ranked No. 8 best neighborhood to live in Charlotte.