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North Carolina

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Happy Home Scores are based on participants' answers to four key questions:

  • Question 1:

    How do you feel about where you live?

    Best Place to Live
    Worst Place to Live
    National Average

    State Average:

    8.0 out of 10

    say "It's the best place to live"

  • Question 2:

    How proud are you of your home?

    Proud
    Not Proud
    National Average

    State Average:

    71%

    "My home makes me proud"

  • Question 3:

    Do you agree with the statement "my home is my favorite place."

    Agree
    Disagree
    National Average

    State Average:

    60%

    "My home is my favorite place to be"

  • Question 4:

    How interested are you in remaining in your community for the next 5 years?

    Interested
    Disinterested
    National Average

    State Average:

    71%

    "I plan to stay in my community for the next 5 years"

What Makes North Carolina's Homeowners Happy?

Our research shows that homeowner happiness boils down to a combination of three important factors:

Affordable, well-functioning homes offering enjoyable accommodations

29 years

average home age

73%

have renovated their homes

72%

are happy with their home's size and layout

59%

say they have adequate storage

$164,900

Average Home Price (U.S. Census)

64%

"The cost of living is reasonable"

A sense of diversity, safety and a strong neighborhood network

Diversity

46%

"I feel that my community is racially diverse"

44%

"I feel that my community is religiously diverse"

Safety

78%

"I live in a community that makes me feel safe"

69%

"My community offers good fire, police and medical services"

Neighborhood

58%

"I have neighbors I
enjoy"

70%

"I trust my neighbors"

10,042,802

Population (U.S. Census)

Practical commutes and access to important attractions and services

Commuting and travel times

52%

live and work in close proximity

62%

have a reasonable commute

79%

have easy access to highways

Access to Attractions and Services

76%

live within one hour of a major metro area

64%

have access to shopping that meets their needs

57%

live close to body of water

40 Minutes

Average travel time to work

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