Charlotte Neighborhoods Rank Among Top
The word is out! Last week, an annual study that lists the best places to live was released. Three Charlotte neighborhoods made it into the top 100!
Niche, a Pittsburgh-based ranking site, released their “2019 Best Places to Live in America” findings. The list is formulated by taking U.S. Census Bureau data, crime reports, school rankings, and things like cost of living. All of these factors are weighed against each other in order to form a “comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area.”
Ultimately, the list ranked over 11,000 cities, towns, and neighborhoods across the country. The findings show that Charlotte’s “City Center,” Dilworth, and Sharon Woods neighborhoods landed at No. 30, No. 35, and No. 91 respectively.
A Numbers Game
Niche determines these rankings but looking at the factors previously mentioned. For the sake of this study quality of schools, housing trends, employment availability, crime rates, and access to amenities were looked at and weighted. For example, cost of living is weighted at 12.5% of the total score while quality of public education and housing availability are each weighted at 10%.
City Center received a higher score because of commute, overall health and wellness, nightlife, and being good for families. Their ranking may have been even higher than #30 if it weren’t for having a higher cost of living.
Both Dilworth and Sharon Woods got the bulk of their points for being healthy communities that are good for raising families. It’s worth noting that neither neighborhood received a score of lower than B+ in any category.
Niche also looked at entire communities versus just their neighborhoods and ranked the cities with populations of at least 100,000. Raleigh eeked out a higher slot than the Queen City by coming in #13. Charlotte came in at the 35th best city to live in America.
To read up on the full methodology for Niche’s ranking system or to see all the top lists, visit Niche!