Forbes magazine named Myrtle Beach, South Carolina one of the best places to live in South Carolina.  The article pointed to  affordability, jobs and miles of beach as reasons for inclusion on the list.  Writer Josh Patoka also mentioned the area’s industries of aerospace, health care and technology as positives.  Also, restaurants, attractions and mild winters helped move Myrtle Beach to the number two spot.  With a population of just over 37,000, median home prices less than $400,000 and average income more than $40,000, Myrtle Beach scores points.  We spend a lot of our time there in summers.  And, our son attends school at nearby Coastal Carolina University.  In fact, he just told me last night he could see himself living there after college.

In case you wonder what city came in at number one, the article gave that honor to Charleston.  Patoka refers to Charleston’s “numerous walking tours and museums.”  And, according to Forbes, Charleston offers plenty for college students and young professionals to do.  In choosing rankings, Forbes used income per capita and unemployment rate among other lifestyle factors.  Charleston’s population tops off at just over 151,000, with an average income of $72,000.  Charleston is beautiful, and we love to visit there, too!

Finally, Forbes rounded out the top ten cities with Greenville, Columbia, Summerville, Rock Hill, Bluffton, Spartanburg, Clemson and Sumter.  Of those, we lived in Greenville.  We loved that city, too!  And for North Carolinians, here’s some cities that scored high in the United States.

North Carolina Cities Rank Among 'Best Places To Live In The U.S.'

Money magazine has just come out with their annual list of the 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. They looked at towns and cities with a population of at least 20,000, weighing them on criteria such as cost of living, economic opportunity, and diversity.

The Southeast is well represented in the ranking for 2022-2023. Topping the list is Atlanta, Georgia, which gets high marks for the many opportunities it offers job seekers, students and families, plus housing prices are relatively reasonable. The current median price for a home in Atlanta is $428,000, which is $7,000 less than the U.S. average of $435,000.

Three cities in the Carolinas are also on the list. Raleigh is ranked as the fourth best place to live in the nation. Chapel Hill, North Carolina sits at #12 and Greenville, South Carolina landed at #46. You can see the full list HERE.

Money Magazine’s Best Places To Live In The U.S.