Hickory’s prime location – just an hour’s drive from Charlotte to the south and Asheville to the west – helped the city make U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of “Best Places to Live.”
Hickory ranked No. 52 out of 150 cities.
Among the seven in North Carolina that made the list, Hickory is the smallest, with only Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville ranked higher.
The report says cities it identified had to have good value, be desirable, have a strong job market and have a high quality of life.
The breakdown of N.C. cities making the cut:
No. 2: Raleigh-Durham
No. 20: Charlotte
No. 46: Winston-Salem
No. 48: Asheville
No. 52: Hickory
No. 94: Greensboro
No. 142: Fayetteville