Last year, Apex was on a list of top places to live, and now the town of Holly Springs has snagged a top 10 spot on WalletHub’s 2016 edition of the “ Best Small Cities in America.”
For the study, WalletHub evaluated nearly 1,300 towns with populations between 25,000 and 100,000, based on 30 metrics, including housing costs, quality of schools and number of restaurants per capita.
Ranking at No. 7, it’s the only North Carolina town to crack the top 20.
The town, much like the rest of the Triangle, has been in rapid growth mode. While it currently has a little more than 25,000 residents, only about 900 called it home in 1990, according to U.S. Census data. That sheds some insight on why the town was ranked as having the worst commute in the state last year. But despite the longer drive time, Holly Springs residents are happy.
Among the cities in the study, Holly Springs was tied for the lowest percentage of residents below the poverty level (2.2 percent).
Top 10 cities on WalletHub’s list:
- Westfield, Indiana
- Princeton, New Jersey
- Leawood, Kansas
- Littleton, Colorado
- Brookfield, Wisconsin
- Kirkland, Washington
- Holly Springs, North Carolina
- Milton, Massachusetts
- Brentwood, Tennessee
- South Lake, Texas
by: Marc DeRoberts, triangle business journal