9. Charlotte, North Carolina
Home to the headquarters of Bank of America, Duke Energy, Lowe’s, and Family Dollar, Charlotte has grown from a sleepy city into a strong corporate and financial center. There are 1.6 million people who live in the Greater Charlotte area, and it’s no surprise they enjoy a lower-than-average property tax rate, low utility rates, an average home price of just under $175,000. They also have a professional basketball and football team, 218 sunny days, and just four inches of snow per year.
The city has seen an astounding 22.1% growth rate since the early 2000’s, but the crime rate and the quality of schools still need improvement. Charlotte is a modern city that has retained its traditional Southern charm and has a lot to offer to its residents.