Best Place to Raise Kids in North Carolina: Tryon

Nearby city: Spartanburg, S.C.
Population: 1,716
Median family income: $70,103
Avg. school math score: 92.2 (State avg.: 81.68)
Avg. school reading score: 91.75 (State avg.: 71.8)

A cute resort town in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tryon has much more bang for the buck than you’d expect from a population of 1,716. There is much for kids to enjoy beyond hiking and playing in parks, including the annual Tryon Children’s Theater Festival.

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