Havelock on the rise, according to survey

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 03:35 PM.

Havelock is on the rise, at least according to one survey.

The website NerdWallet ranked Havelock seventh in its North Carolina cities on the rise survey that rated overall growth.

Havelock had a growth score of 37.6, which combined numbers for working age population growth, employment growth and median income growth.

Mooresville, with a score of 57.2, topped the survey, while Jacksonville (45.5) was third and New Bern (40.4) was fourth.

This is the second year in a row that Havelock has made a top 10 list from NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website. In 2013, Havelock was ranked as the 10th best city in the state for young families.

“I was excited about it,” Mayor Will Lewis said of the recent survey that covered from 2009 to 2012. “This is a ranking of the top cities in the state that have a population of 20,000 or more and we came in seventh overall for growth, so that’s good. That’s exciting for Havelock. Last year, we got one for being one of the best places for families and maybe this is a further inclination to look at that.”

In employment growth, Havelock showed growth of 11.1 percent.

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