The U.S. South, considered to be any area south of the Mason-Dixon Line, is known for its hospitality, regional cuisines, and sprawling landscapes. Some towns boast historic attractions and outdoor activities while others have a picturesque view and massive landscapes.
According to the Texas Relocation Report’s most recent data, Texas, one of the states featured on this list, ranked second in the country for the most relocation, welcoming 537,000 to 582,000 additional residents in 2019 alone.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw a surge of relocations as more people sought out affordability, and more flexibility, especially with increased work-from-home options. And while some of the cities on this list aren’t exactly affordable, for families, safe towns with stellar school systems certainly are a priority. With the onset of the pandemic, bustling cities saw many of their residents leaving for smaller towns with bigger amenities.
Stacker referenced Niche’s 2021 Best Places to Live study, narrowed the results to the South, and narrowed them further to places under 5,000 residents. Niche calculated the Best Places to Live according to things like cost, safety, weather quality, access to healthy living, and several other factors. For each town, Stacker included the town’s resident population along with figures for owners, renters, and median household income.
While this data is the most current available, some housing statistics Niche uses to calculate its rankings—such as median home values and housing costs—are not entirely reflective of the current housing market. Since these numbers are subject to frequent changes and housing represents 5% of Niche’s total ranking, those statistics are omitted from forthcoming data points and do not detract from Niche’s overall assessment of the best places to live. Whether you’re seriously considering a new move or just daydreaming of living in a town with a dose of Southern charm, Stacker has you covered on some small-town you may want to at least consider living in.