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Morrisville ranked as the best place to live in NC

A view of the Park West 14 movie theatre, District Loft apartments (Building 2) and the Loft clothing store in Morrisville, N.C. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Morrisville was named the No. 1 town in the North Carolina by website Niche.
A view of the Park West 14 movie theatre, District Loft apartments (Building 2) and the Loft clothing store in Morrisville, N.C. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Morrisville was named the No. 1 town in the North Carolina by website Niche. clowenst@newsobserver.com

The Town of Morrisville has been named the best place to live in North Carolina and fifth-best in the nation by the city ranking website Niche.

The Pittsburgh-based site said it ranked Morrisville so high because it earned top marks in the quality of public schools, job availability and diversity. Niche staff uses dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to rate cities, according to its website.

“We are honored to be recognized as the best place to live in North Carolina, as well as 5th in the nation,” town manager Martha Paige said in a statement. “This ranking shows what our residents already know – Morrisville has so much to offer and really is a great place to live.”

The site uses an “A” through “F” rating scale, and gave Morrisville an “A+” for categories that included public schools, good for families, jobs and diversity. It also got an “A” or “A-” in the housing, outdoor activities, nightlife, health and fitness and commute categories.

Niche ranked Indianapolis suburb Carmel, Indiana as the best place in the U.S. to live in 2017.

Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman talks about how House Bill 44 would affect the water quality in Falls Lake, where he stood, as well as Jordan Lake and other sources of drinking water in North Carolina. Video by Andy Specht, aspecht@newsobserver.co

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