It’s no secret that the Triangle area is a great place to live. It’s also no secret that it’s a great place to work, with all that places such as the infamous Research Triangle Park, Red Hat, and other major corporations have to offer.

This is why it makes sense that the Raleigh area has been named as one of the finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters, with a decision that should come any day now. Also on the horizon is the possibility of an Apple corporate site landing in the vicinity as well.

If you’re wondering what attributes to both of these possibilities, it has a lot to do with the area being the least housing-cost burdened. In a study done by SmartAsset, Cary came in as the No. 1 spot out of 167 cities studied. Raleigh wasn’t far behind at No. 5.

According to the report, less than 15 percent of Cary homeowners spend ,pre than 30 percent of their income on housing, which is an extremely impressive number. This makes them some of the most financially flexible people in the entire nation. In Raleigh, 11 percent of the population spends between 30 and 50 percent of their income on housing.

Another reason that both Apple and Amazon are considering the Raleigh-Durham area for their roots is because of quality of life in relation to a talented labor pool. North Carolina is the No. 2 state for technology-sector employment, as well as the No. 1 state for women in the tech workforce.

If both companies decide to set up shop in Raleigh, this will mean billions in revenue, as well as many as 60,000 new jobs. And in case you were wondering, the average paycheck will come in at roughly $130,000 per year.

If one of these companies brings you to the Triangle area, there are so many affordable housing options for you to check out if a new home is in the cards for you.

If you’re looking to live in Raleigh, here are several options:

  1. Ansley: This North Raleigh community offers easy access to downtown, and is within walking distance of the Raleigh Racquet Club. From the $400’s, you can find a variety of Craftsman-inspired floor plans.
  2. Oakdale at Mordecai: Named as the National Community of the Year, this downtown Raleigh neighborhood will blow you away with its luxury homes and unique designs close to all the action of city living.
  3. The Wade: The Wade is a tailored collection of two-and-three bedroom condominiums, with private covered porches, meeting rooms, and a fitness center.

If Cary is more of what you’re searching for, check out these communities:

  1. Glen at Westhigh: This single-family home community offers seven different floorplans and is located near shopping, dining, and the local YMCA. Basement lots are an option, with three-car garages as a standard.
  2. Blakely: Built by CalAtlantic, this community offers both townhomes and single-family homes that begin in the upper $300’s. You’ll find both first-floor owner’s suites, as well as low maintenance living.
  3. Ashbourne Estates: Located on High House Road, these homes with screened-in porches and three-car garages are sure to wow.

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