When you’re looking for a place to call home what is the most important thing to consider? These days affordability is pretty high on the list. Other important things to consider is proximity to your source of income, friends and family, and amenities. And while maybe not the most decisive metric to consider, but still a nice added bonus is the beauty of a location. If affordability and beauty are two things you’re looking for in a location then you’re in luck. Travel + Leisure says that Hickory, North Carolina is the most beautiful and affordable place to live in the US. This is a much better accolade for Hickory than last week when we told you USA By The Numbers ranked them the least educated city in the state.
So where did these rankings come from you may ask? Travel + Leisure says that they used data from US News on the most beautiful cities and combined that with the most affordable cities. It was this data that least them to rank Hickory North Carolina number 1 on their list of the most beautiful and affordable places to live. I’ve driven through Hickory a few times, and spent multiple days in an auditorium for dance competitions. But that’s the extent of my knowledge of this town located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This location certainly factors in to the beauty of the area.
But while Hickory topped this list they weren’t the only North (or South) Carolina city included on this list. One of the two major NC cities also made the list. Keep reading to see the NC/SC and other neighboring cities that made this list! Want more info? Read the full Travel + Leisure article here.