Best Places to Live: Top 100

For this year's list we focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.

Mooresville, N.C.
65. Mooresville, N.C.
Population: 23,100
Median home price (2006): $208,274
Average property taxes (2006): $1,406

Officially nicknamed "Race City USA," Mooresville is the headquarters for more than 60 professional auto-racing teams. While the industry is an important backbone to the city's economy, tourism has also taken off in recent years. Residents are drawn to Mooresville's balance between modernization and main street values - without a lot of the congestion much of the state deals with. The Downtown Commission balances attracting new business with preserving historic buildings. Lake Norman, North Carolina's largest manmade lake, has been one of the most popular destinations in the region because of its romantic 520 miles of shoreline and it's also become a prime destination for extreme water sports. -I.T.

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Apex

Horsham

La Palma

Olney

Sherwood

Corrales

Lisle

Chelmsford

Holly Springs

Hillsborough

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Baldwin

Parker

Eastchester

Apple Valley

River Vale

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Winter Springs

Lake Oswego

Marlboro

La Mirada

Rocky Hill

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Urbandale

Schertz

New Berlin

Elkridge

Jenks

Hewitt

Berkeley Heights

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Sayreville

Easton

Catonsville

Keller

Friendswood

Libertyville

Somers

Mechanicsville

Farmington

Eldersburg

Clayton

Readington

Saline

Lincoln

Woodridge

Moorpark

Camas

Peachtree City

Mooresville

Glen Allen

Liberty

Trumbull

Mukilteo

Vienna

Schererville

Crofton

Westborough

Granite Bay

Highland Heights

Martinez

El Dorado Hills

Moorestown

Pike Creek

Ridgeland

Mason

South Elgin

Mansfield

Beavercreek

Salem

North Haven

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Lansing

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