When you’re looking to purchase a home, looking outside the city limits and in the suburbs is the best option for many people. You can typically get more home for your money, more outdoor living space, in many cases better schools, and a slightly more family friendly way of life. This is certainly true in the Charlotte market. And new research from Today’s Homeowner that was shared with us, determined the top suburbs across the country. They looked a 580 suburbs surrounding the 78 largest cities in the country. And they determined that the top Charlotte suburb? It’s actually right across the border in South Carolina.

The rankings are based on housing affordability, inventory, job market and livability (climate risk, entertainment and dining, etc.) metrics. And the it was the Charlotte suburb of Fort Mill, SC that actually ranked as the second best suburb nationwide. Not only that but when it came to livability this city ranked in the top spot. Fort Mill was boosted not only for it’s livability score but it’s inventory aka the number of homes available. Taxes across the border are typically cheaper as well as gas. The downside to living in Fort Mill? The commute into uptown Charlotte during the workweek. Fort Mill wasn’t the only Charlotte suburb that was recognized positively in this study. Overall Charlotte ranked as having the second best suburbs. Only Nashville, a city who has seen similar growth in a similar time period as Charlotte.

Keep reading to see where each Charlotte suburb ranked in this study. Interested in the full research or methodology? You can find that via Today’s Homeowner here. If you’re looking to buy a home anywhere in the Charlotte region, suburb or not, good luck. It’s tough out there!

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