Survey ranks Havelock as a top 10 city for families

young families

Michael Penney affixes an American flag on the head of daughter Kathryn, 10, as she sits on the lap of mom Heather Penney at the Havelock Freedom Festival on the Fourth of July. A survey ranked Havelock as the 10th best city in the state for young families.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 06:22 PM.

Havelock is no Los Angeles, but for Heather Penney, Havelock is home.

"I love the people," she said. "They’re just so friendly when you go somewhere. It’s not like they give you a look. Out here I can pass by somebody I know every day. They wave to you. You just know this is home. It feels like that."

Penney grew up in Los Angeles and came to Havelock as a flight attendant.

"It was busy all the time, and you didn’t feel closeness like you do here," she said. "There are a lot of green trees here. I like the changes in the weather."

The consumer advocacy website NerdWallet ranked Havelock as the 10th best city in North Carolina for young families, a designation that didn’t surprise the Penney family.

"It’s very personal," said husband Michael Penney. "People are a lot more friendly. It’s an actual community. It feels like you’re part of one huge family."

Michael Penny has lived in Havelock for nine years, and wife Heather has been here for 19. The couple has four children.

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