For some of us, when we began our adult life, the lure of the big cities and states was like a magnet drawing us to famous places. Whether we made the leap or lived in more moderate towns, when it's time to retire, where we decide to rebuild the nest involves many personal decisions. After the hustle and bustle of creating a life for ourselves and our families, many seek calmer surroundings. We don't want to give up excitement, beauty, and purpose but desire a place where moving out of the fast lane is “A-OK."
Welcome to North Carolina
North Carolina has been selected as the seventh-best overall place to retire by Bankrate, a financial consulting firm. The rating is based on several factors, including overall affordability, wellness, culture, and climate. The math is easy when looking at the cost of living. The cost of living for retirees is 3.7% cheaper than the national average. North Carolina has an affordable housing market, and as a bonus, North Carolina does not tax Social Security income. Other taxes are relatively low in comparison with other states.
Health can be a significant concern as we age. North Carolina has some of the country’s top healthcare facilities and major hospital systems like Duke Health, Wake Forest, and UNC Health. Also, North Carolina is home to some of the top medical schools in the nation. These include Duke University, East Carolina University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. They provide advanced medical treatment and medical research. They are teaching hospitals that educate medical professionals who will serve patients across the world. And for those who know your college basketball, these names are already familiar to you.
North Carolinians love their basketball and their barbeque. The culture in NC is relaxed and friendly. Nature is North Carolina’s forte. In the east are the coastal plains, which take up nearly half the state. Along the coast are the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks. Go west, and you will find the Blue Ridge Mountains. North Carolina has over 50 state and national parks. Agribusiness is one of the contributors to North Carolina’s growing economy. North Carolina is home to the mothervine, the oldest cultivated grapevine in the country that dates to 1584. With more than 175 wineries, North Carolina ranks 7th nationwide in the top 10 wine-producing states. Not to be overshadowed by the grape, North Carolina's craft beer scene has exploded. It has the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 340 breweries and brewpubs.
Climate control is a breeze. North Carolina has been ranked eighth among the states that have the best climate year-round. January is the coldest month of the year, with the average low temperatures dropping to 20°. March is the beginning of the mild spring season, with average high temperatures between 29 and 50 degrees. July is typically the hottest month of the year, with temps ranging from 77°F to 91°. September and October rein in the color-rich autumn season with averages in the 60s. November is the driest month of the year, and December ushers in the cold season with averages between 22 and 62 degrees.
It’s getting more common for adults to move during retirement. According to the US Census, almost 570,000 adults 65+ moved to a new state in 2019. Wanting to be closer to family, better weather, economy, and health were some of the top reasons. Whether you have been in North Carolina or you are on your way, there is a very special place tucked in the middle of this great state that has been the retirement destination for thousands of retirees from across the country. Visit Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, NC, and you will understand why. Call (336) 538-1572 to schedule a tour today.