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Wesley Chapel, Stallings and Waxhaw listed among Movoto's top 11 best places to live near Charlotte!

27 May 2015

From Movoto

If you’re on the hunt for the best places to live in North Carolina, Charlotte is probably near the top of your list. But city life just isn’t for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a sense of community, great schools for your kids, or more space to spread out, these Charlotte suburbs have something great to offer.

We ranked 29 places near Charlotte to come up with the best of the best. Let’s take a look at the 11 suburbs that made the cut.

1. Davidson, NC


Source: Town of Davidson, NC – Town Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 866
  • High school graduation rate: 97 percent

The pretty lakeside college town of Davidson kicks off our best Charlotte suburbs list. A variety of housing options are available in Davidson, from modest condos near the heart of Old Davidson’s shopping and dining, to large single-family homes on private lots.

Those looking for a close knit community will find it in Davidson, while strolling along the pedestrian friendly Main Street, shopping at local businesses, attending a local festival, or enjoying an outdoor concert.

Bike around the beautiful Davidson College campus, hit the links at River Run Country Club, or grab brunch at Famous Toastery on Main Street after grabbing fresh produce at the farmers market.

Davidson College isn’t the only excellent school in town. K-12 schools in Davidson also received top marks, making it a great suburb for families.

2. Fort Mill, SC


Source: South Carolina Strawberry Festival – Fort Mill, SC via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 2,168
  • Unemployment rate: 5.3 percent

Families searching for the perfect suburban oasis near Charlotte will find it in the South Carolina suburb of Fort Mill. Home buyers have a range of options, from charming 1920s bungalows to large new construction single family homes.

Hit the links at Fort Mills Golf Club, dine at local eateries like The Flipside Cafe and Local Dish, or plan a night out with friends at chic wine and craft beer bar, Grapevine.

Local family friendly events like the South Carolina Strawberry Festival are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

3. Cornelius, NC


Source: Visit Lake Norman via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 1,937
  • Median rent price: $1,013

The lakeside town of Cornelius is the perfect fit for an outdoor recreation enthusiast. Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming at Lake Norman, or hiking through scenic 104-acre Jetton Park.

Homebuyers will find everything from waterfront condos to new construction and mid century single family homes on partially wooded lots in Cornelius.

Have an upscale meal at chic American restaurant, 131 Main, or grab a bite at Pop’s Barbecue. Tap into your artistic side at Cornelius Arts Center, or plan a wine tasting night with friends at The Wine Cellar.

4. Tega Cay, SC


Source: City of Tega Cay, SC (government) via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,594
  • High school graduation rate: 97 percent

Located along Lake Wylie, the South Carolina suburb of Tega Cay provides a variety of housing options, from lakefront properties to cozy cottages with large porches and private lots.

Residents enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing at Lake Wylie, and picnics and playgrounds waterfront parks.

Enjoy sushi, live music, and karaoke at Casual Water restaurant, or hit the links at Tega Cay Golf Club. Local events like the 4th of July Celebration have plenty of activities for kids and adults alike, and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

5. Harrisburg, NC


Source: Town of Harrisburg, NC

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 24 minutes
  • Unemployment rate: 6.7 percent

Harrisburg makes our list of the best Charlotte suburbs with a thriving town center and plenty of community events. Housing options include modern condos, ranch style houses, and stately brick single-family homes.

Grab fresh local produce at the Harrisburg Farmers Market, enjoy live music at the Rockin’ the ‘Burg Spring Concert, or catch a flick and enjoy a cool summer evening at Movies in the Park.

Local restaurants like family friendly Italian spot, Harrisburg Family House, and pub Pier 49, are sure to please adult foodies and kids alike. Since Harrisburg is a little under a half hour away, it’s the perfect suburb for those who work or just like to play in Charlotte.

6. Matthews, NC (tie)


Source: Town of Matthews, NC via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 2,979
  • High school graduation rate: 93 percent

With plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy, the Charlotte suburb of Matthews comes in sixth on our list. Housing options range from affordable condos and single-family homes to large single-family houses with private lots.

Grab a bite to eat at local eateries like Royal Cafe & Creperie or Kabab Je Rotisserie & Grille, or plan a special evening out at Grapes Wine Bar.

Foodies and arts enthusiasts will love the weekly Food Truck Fridays & Artist Showcase, while outdoor enthusiasts get their kicks at the Colonel Francis Beatty Park, with challenging hiking and mountain biking trails, and a great fishing lake.

6. Wesley Chapel, NC (tie)


Source: Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,561
  • Median household income: $300,700

Tied for sixth on our list of best Charlotte suburbs is the small village of Wesley Chapel. Large new construction single-family homes on with big yards are common picks for home buyers.

Enjoy New York style pizza at Brooklyn South or get to know the neighbors at local events like a BBQ Cook-off. Scenic Dogwood Park is the perfect spot for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, and offers fishing, geocaching, an amphitheater, and hiking trails for residents to enjoy.

Wesley Chapel Elementary School earned top marks from, making this Charlotte suburb a great pick for families with young children.

8. Huntersville, NC (tie)


Source: Huntersville, NC – Town Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 2,320
  • High school graduation rate: 93 percent

Bordered by beautiful Lake Norman, the North Carolina town of Huntersville ranks eighth on our list of best Charlotte suburbs. Home buyers will find a range of housing, from beautiful single family homes with covered porches and waterfront views to modest cottages on wooded lots.

Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming on Lake Norman, while foodies will love the variety of local restaurants.

Grab a drink and a bite to eat at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, or take the kids out for a freshly made slice at Rocky’s Pizza. The local children’s museum, Discovery Place KIDS, provides education and entertainment for young children.

8. Belmont, NC (tie)


Source: City of Belmont-Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 22 minutes

Belmont’s thriving Main Street and close-knit community are just a couple of reasons this North Carolina town is one of the best places to live near Charlotte. Home buyers have their pick of single family homes on large lots.

Enjoy local restaurants, shopping, and nightlife on Main and Catawba Street. Grab a bite to eat and a drink at The String Bean, or shop at unique local stores like 3 Hip Chicks and Piccolo Antique Mall.

Free concerts at Friday Night Live and the Belmont Farmers Market are great ways to connect with the community and enjoy live music or fresh produce from local vendors.

10. Stallings, NC (tie)


Source: Town of Stallings, NC via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,733
  • Unemployment rate: 5.7 percent

Tied for 10th is the North Carolina suburb of Stallings. Home buyers will find a plethora of new construction single family homes with immaculate yards.

Local town events like movie nights or food truck and music nights in the park are a great way to get to know your neighbors in this close-knit community, and Stallings Park has a large playground and interactive fountain, perfect for kids.

Local restaurants like Rock Store Bar-B-Q and Dunwright Grill serve affordable and family friendly fare.

Stallings Elementary School earned a 10 out of 10 rating from, making Stallings a great Charlotte suburb for families with young children.

10. Waxhaw, NC (tie)


Source: Town of Waxhaw via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,679
  • Median rent price: $1,154

Rounding out our list of the best Charlotte suburbs is Waxhaw. Home buyers will find a range of properties in this suburb, from charming historic bungalows to new construction single family homes.

Waxhaw offers pedestrian friendly shopping, dining, and nightlife to residents. Browse art at Stewart’s Village Gallery, get a bite to eat at Maxwell’s Tavern, or plan an evening out with friends at Heritage Food and Drink.

Several Waxhaw schools earned 10 out of 10 ratings from, so don’t pass this suburb up if you want to raise a family.


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