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Retire in Beaufort, North Carolina?
Overview: Established in 1709, this cozy waterfront hamlet is the Cateret County seat and is nestled along North Carolina's scenic Inner Banks. Pirates, rum runners and sea captains have visited its shore, all claiming it as their own, but today Beaufort belongs to history lovers, romantics, water aficionados and retirees.
The charming downtown has one and two story historic buildings, and neighborhood homes include weathered saltboxes, Cape Cods and plantation styles with double balconies. The town is proud of its history - it is the third oldest community in the state - and it celebrates its past at the Beaufort Historic Site, the Old Burying Grounds and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The Mullet Line Trolley passes through the waterfront district and by the public docks, and eco-tours, barrier island excursions, ghost-walk tours and charter sailboats appeal to locals and tourists alike. One tour takes visitors to the Shackleford Banks and the wild horses of Carrot Island. Cape Lookout is another popular destination, a place where visitors can climb the lighthouse, search for shells, camp or fish. The nearby Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking and bird-watching.
There are numerous marine research facilities based in Beaufort, including the Rachel Carson Reserve. The town also hosts two music festivals, an antiques show, a wine and food weekend and an annual wooden boat show. Shops are touristy. Restaurants are in good supply.
Population: 4,0200 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 47%
Cost of Living: 1% Below the national average
Median Home Price: $190,000
Climate: This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50, 60s. On average, 55 inches of rain fall each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes. The county provides a dial-a-ride van service called CCATS.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, but it has a limited collection.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: Although it attracts tourists, Beaufort is on the quiet side, particularly during winter. It is racially diverse and has grown by 10% within the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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