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2/28/2019 4:20:00 PM
Lincolnton #5

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Lincolnton is the 5th best town in which to raise a family in North Carolina according to a website known as HomeSnacks.  

With the number of websites doing rankings of one sort or another these days, it's important to know the source.  HomeSnacks is operated by a company known as Chasing Chains LLC headquartered in Raleigh.  

According to the website, HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to help readers understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.  They have been professionally ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for over three years and have reported rankings in 57 categories.

Their report "10 Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina for 2019" lists Cary as #1, followed by Davidson #2, Concord #3, Wake Forest #4, and Lincolnton #5.  The rest of the top 10 are Chapel Hill #6, Morrisville #7, Stallings #8, Holly Springs #9 and Tarboro #10.

Before you get too excited, it's worth noting that HomeSnacks did another report "10 Best Places to Live in North Carolina for 2019" and Lincolnton did not make that top 10.  Cary was also #1 on that list, Davidson #2, and none of the rest of the list was a town or city within our primary coverage area of Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston & Cleveland counties.

For the photo to go with Lincolnton's top 10 ranking in the first list, they used a historic drawing of the Schenck Mill, the first cotton mill in North Carolina, which was built about 1813 just east of Lincolnton.  

They also said in their commentary that Lincolnton "is the county seat of Lincoln County, and is the only legally incorporated municipality wholly within the rural county."  Of course, western Lincoln County is rural, but the eastern area of Lincoln County is officially categorized as urban.  Their comments also said "the junction of State Highway 27 and US Route 321 is located nearby."  Actually the intersection is on E. Main Street and is within the city limits of Lincolnton.

If you'd care to see more about the ranking that has Lincolnton at #5 CLICK HERE.

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