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Health in North Carolina

The health in North Carolina State is a source of pride for the state. There are many local hospitals and medical facilities available throughout the state, providing comprehensive care to its citizens. One unique example is Duke University Hospital located in Durham, which is a world-renowned academic medical center offering advanced treatments and care. With their cutting-edge technology and experienced staff, North Carolinians can rest assured that they have access to top-level healthcare when needed. Additionally, there are many community health centers across the state which provide low-cost services to those in need. No matter where one lives or what kind of coverage they have, there are quality healthcare options within reach for all North Carolinians.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 191 physicians per 100,000 population in North Carolina. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the North Carolina area is 109.6 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

109.6 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the North Carolina area is 74 (100=best). The US average is 55.

74 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the North Carolina area is 40 (100=best). The US average is 87.

40 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in North Carolina commutes 24.3 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the North Carolina area is 62 (100=best). The US average is 58.

62 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for North Carolina    89 Reviews
    Western NC is Not the place to live - 3/4/2020
    Western NC (eg Asheville, Hendersonville and surrounding areas) is Not the place to move to. No proper supporting jobs except tourism and elderly care. Horrendous drug... Read More

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    Retirement living - 2/10/2018
    Lots of scenery, slow moving, minor crime and mostly friendly people. Natives only want your money: was told I needed to spend my money locally and not else ware. If you... Read More

    North Carolina is not safe. - 2/8/2017
    To Best Places: Due to an archaic discriminatory common law North Carolina is not a good place to move to or to live in. It is known as the 1% contributory negligence... Read More

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