Garner No. 5 on real estate broker list of N.C. cities

kjahner@newsobserver.comNovember 29, 2013 

— Less than a year after being named an All-America City by the National Civic League, another organization has given Garner some state-level recognition through a data-based approach that ranked North Carolina cities.

Motovo, a California-based real estate brokerage, ranked Garner the No. 5 city to live in North Carolina after ranking the 50 most populous municipalities by cost of living, crime rate, education, median household income, home values and amenities.

Garner ranked highly in amenities, cost of living and income, while also ranking in the top half of education. It placed middle of the pack in crime rate and home values.

Cost of living proved critical, as Garner had the lowest cost of living of any community in the top 13. That compared favorably with average income 37 percent above the state average.

“With our great parks and cultural arts scene, and our nationally recognized schools, Garner is truly a great place to live and raise a family,” the article quotes mayor Ronnie Williams as saying. “We have a low crime rate and impressive range of housing options at various price points. Plus, we’re only 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh, which has great restaurants, performing arts venues and special events throughout the year. You just can’t beat Garner.”

Apex, Wake Forest, Matthews and Morrisville beat out Garner. Close on Garner’s heels were Clemmons, Cary and Chapel Hill, leaving five of the top seven slots for Wake County towns and cities and six of the top eight for the Triangle. Raleigh placed 13th, a slot behind Holly Springs and four ahead of Fuquay-Varina.

Durham and Charlotte tied at 18.

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