While there may be a slight improvement it’s still a crazy market to try to buy a home in. The prices seem to stay crazy high, with no end to this housing bubble in sight. I would love to buy my first house, but like many, I simply can’t in this market. And if you are paying these prices you want to make sure you’re buying in the right area. Luckily, Niche.com decided to do the homework to determine the best places to buy a house in North Carolina. They recently released a list of the best places to live in the state, factoring in both cities, suburbs, towns and city neighborhoods.

Charlotte and the surrounding areas were very well represented on this list as well. From neighborhoods to suburbs we faired pretty well!

“The Best Places to Buy a House ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the housing and community of an area,” they explain the in the study. “This grade takes into account key factors of a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an attempt to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market.”

Other factors included in the analysis include home value to income ratio, public schools grades, monthly housing costs, the cost of living, the higher education rate, the median home value and more.

So, are the best places to buy a house in North Carolina? Read on for the top 25 list via Niche.com.