Most Expensive Suburb in North Carolina: Weddington
Median home price: $414,000
Cost-of-living index: 172
Nonretail spending index: 174
Location: 15 miles southeast of Charlotte and 14 miles northwest of Monroe
A semi-rural oasis between the cities of Monroe and Charlotte, Weddington mostly consists of homes on lots one acre or larger. The town hall, a shopping center, and a church -- known as Town Center -- anchor 17 square miles that make up this well-to-do suburban community.