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Hickory, North Carolina best places to live

Hickory among best and most affordable places to live

Hickory, North Carolina ranks among the best places to live in the state and the most affordable metros in America, according to a new report released by U.S. News.

U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to find the best places to live and released the new 2021-2022 rankings on Tuesday. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and provide a high quality of life.

With a low cost of living, the Hickory MSA ranked No. 4 in Most Affordable Places to Live in the United States. This ranking is based on the median gross rent and annual housing costs for mortgage-paying homeowners of each metro area.

“Hickory offers a high quality of life and an affordable cost of living to its residents. This makes Hickory a desirable place to live and we’re seeing more and more people choose Hickory as their home,” said Hickory Mayor Hank Guess.

In addition to ranking among the most affordable places to live, Hickory ranked No. 5 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina and No. 52 overall in Best Places to Live in the United States.

“The City’s investments in the bond program are driving more economic growth and development in the area, and that is also resulting in more housing opportunities. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Hickory as we continue to craft a stronger, more vibrant community,” added Guess.

To review the full 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Live rankings report, visit

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