Whether you were born and raised here or just came here for school, you know there’s something special about living in North Carolina. But the Old North State isn’t just a great place to live. It’s the best. And here are just a few reasons why.
1. Our Landmarks Sell Tons of Postcards
North Carolina is home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Downtown Raleigh, Asheville, dozens of waterfalls, and some beautiful college campuses (including NC State, of course!). The state tourism industry probably rakes in a lot of cash just from the postcards and t-shirts alone.
2. We Have Cheerwine
If you haven’t had this fizzy cherry-flavored soda, you’re missing out. This true North Carolina gem is only available in our state, and you can find it at places like Cookout and Char-Grill on tap. Cheerwine is made in Salisbury and it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year!
3. We Gave the World Pepsi (You’re Welcome, World)
Speaking of sodas that were made in North Carolina, this soft drink giant was born in a small pharmacy in New Bern in 1898. If you’re looking for Pepsi at NC State, though, there’s only one place on campus that sells the stuff: the 1911 Building snack bar.
4. Bojangles’ is a Thing Because of Us
Charlotte is home to the nation’s first Bojangles’, and North Carolina single-handedly supports the Southeastern fast food chain with more than 300 restaurants in our state alone. Good news if you live out of state: You’ll find Bojangles’ as far north as Reading, Pennsylvania.
5. We’re First in Flight
In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight with a little help from the dunes and wind at Kitty Hawk, and the rest is history. Sorry, Ohio. Y’all may be the “birthplace of innovation” since Orville Wright was born in Dayton, but we’re the actual birthplace of flight.
6. We Have Better Burgers Than California
California has In-N-Out Burger, which is great. But North Carolina has Char-Grill and Cookout, which are phenomenal.
7. Krispy Kreme and Britt’s Donuts Were Born Here
Obviously, Krispy Kreme has a special place in your heart because it has its own race right here in Raleigh. But most of the United States doesn’t even know about Britt’s Donuts in Carolina Beach. Ah-mazing.
8. Our Barbecue is an Art Form
It’s the never-ending battle of East vs. West when it comes to barbecue in North Carolina. So which is your favorite?
9. We’re the Reason College Basketball is a Big Deal
In North Carolina, you’re practically considered a social pariah if you don’t create at least one bracket during March Madness. And with both UNC and Duke boasting several national championships and dominating the NCAA leader boards year after year, it’s clear that college basketball is more than just a sport in North Carolina.
10. The Beach and Mountains are Close By
In just 2 hours, you can be digging your toes in the sand and soaking up the sun. In just 4 hours, you can be hiking to North Carolina’s best waterfalls or exploring hidden gems like Mast General Store.
11. We Have Some World-Renowned Universities
UNC Chapel Hill was the first public university in the nation. Duke University is known for its medical program. And, of course, NC State is acclaimed for its science and engineering curriculum. So it’s no surprise that North Carolina’s schools are at the forefront of innovation.
Comment Below with Your Favorite Reason!
Obviously, there are countless other reasons why North Carolina is the best place to live and go to school. Do you agree with our list? Did we leave out your favorite reason? Let us know in the comments!