They ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).
Out of 78 North Carolina Cities Huntersville came in 3rd and Cornelius came in 5th! According to the study, Huntersville came in 3rd because it is a large suburb in the Charlotte metropolitan area with two man-made lakes perfect for water skiing and boating. The city’s high median household income is indicative of its economic success and employment opportunities. When it came to Cornelius, the study mentioned that it is nestled alongside Lake Norman in Mecklenburg County. Cornelius boasts a high median household income and the historic Potts Plantation.