Quality of Life

North Carolina offers an exceptional quality of life that contributes to a highly desirable place for businesses and their employees with:

  • A moderate climate
  • A culture rich in history and the arts
  • College and Professional Sports
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Quality health care
  • Low cost of living

North Carolina’s moderate climate is characterized by mild winters, enjoyable periods of spring and fall and warm summers. North Carolina is know for its natural resources that include the beautiful rolling mountains and a gorgeous 300 mile coastline.

North Carolina’s offers an abundance of cultural and educational experiences for all its visitors and residents. The nation’s first state-supported symphony and art museum are located in North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh. Along with a celebrated history of Native Americans and the Civil War, North Carolina also is known for the Wright Brothers’ first moments of flight. North Carolina offers an array of outdoor theaters, wineries and festivals throughout the state.

North Carolina has an assortment of celebrated golf courses to outdoor sports, to college and professional athletics. “North Carolina’s Pinehurst, established in 1895, is considered the home of American golf. Pinehurst will host the U.S. Open again in 2014. Pinehurst’s nearby Pine Needles was the site of the 2007 Women’s U.S. Open.” North Carolina’s beaches, national and state parks and mountains offer boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and skiing.

North Carolina is also the home of four universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University and Duke University.

North Carolina is also the home to two National Collegiate Athletic Association Conference, including North Carolina Central University and Appalachian State University.

In addition, North Carolina has a professional football, hockey, basketball and baseball team. In 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team won the Stanley Cup. North Carolina is also home to nearly 50 racetracks and is the birthplace of stock car racing as well as many of its famous race car drivers.

North Carolina has an abundance of nationally ranked medical facilities, (six research hospitals and 100 community hospitals), along with affordable health-care costs. The state offers four respected medical schools that produce a wealth of medical professionals each year.

The cost of living in North Carolina is on of the nation’s best. The cost of living includes factors such as housing, food and groceries, transportation, utilities, health care and other miscellaneous household expenses, which are all below the national average. The national average cost of living is expressed as 100%. North Carolina’s is 96%.