By Jenna Martin – Digital Editor, Charlotte Business Journal
A new ranking of top places to live in the U.S. put three Charlotte neighborhoods among the top 100.
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, released Monday, is designed to provide a “comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area.” Niche pulls data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, other federal agencies and its own survey of residents.
Each place is assigned a grade that accounts for a variety of factors, such as quality of local schools, crime rates when applicable, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities. The cost of living and higher education categories carry the most weight at 12.5% of the total score for each, with housing and public schools each making up an additional 10%. The entire methodology breakdown can be found here.
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.
Crime scores were not provided for those three neighborhoods in Charlotte.
Niche also releases rankings of top places for each state.
In addition the three aforementioned neighborhoods, 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.
In South Carolina, the Charlotte suburb of Tega Cay fell to No. 2 from No. 1 last year and Fort Mill placed at No. 7.
As for cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents, Charlotte ranked at No. 35, while Raleigh ranked at No. 13.
The full rankings can be accessed here.