Charlotte’s “city center,” Dilworth and Sharon Woods neighborhoods landed at No. 30, No. 35 and No. 91, respectively, on the ranking of more than 11,500 cities, towns, neighborhoods and suburbs compiled by Niche, a Pittsburgh-based research and review site that releases lists on top places to live as well as K-12 schools and colleges.
Niche’s “2019 Best Places to Live in America” ranking, is designed to provide a “comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. The 2019 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.
Niche describes “city center” as a swath that extends south of Trade Street to West Summit Street, including parts of uptown, Biddleville and the Gold District — a 115-acre subdistrict of South End bounded by Morehead Street, Southwood Avenue, Graham Street and Winnifred Street. It received its highest marks for commute, health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest score was for cost of living, followed by public schools.
Meanwhile, Dilworth’s highest grades came in health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest mark was for cost of living, followed by diversity. And Sharon Woods in south Charlotte scored best in health and fitness, cost of living and being good for families. It didn’t score lower than a B+ in any category.
In addition, Providence Park in southeast Charlotte, Fourth Ward in uptown, Hembstead in southeast Charlotte, First Ward in uptown and Ballantyne West in south Charlotte claimed spots in the top 10 for North Carolina at No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Sharon Woods ranked at No. 4, behind the Raleigh suburb of Morrisville.
As for cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents, Charlotte ranked at No. 35.
The full rankings can be accessed here.