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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Ocean Isle Beach, Florida?

Overview:  On the southern North Carolina coast, the small, casual seaside village of Ocean Isle Beach sits on a barrier island about 10 miles from the South Carolina border. Not much was here until the late-1950s when a developer bought the island and incorporated it into a town.

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Ocean Isle Beach retains much of its early character, thanks to its neo-traditional clapboard houses. Homes are in named, gated neighborhoods, and nearly every house backs to a canal and has a boat dock. Ocean Ridge Plantation is a beautiful community with five golf courses and a private oceanfront beach club. The summer population swells with tourists, as they come to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the clean, wide seven mile beach. It has a fishing pier, a public boat launch and public access every 500 feet. Residents enjoy a museum, a planetarium and the new Ocean Isle Beach Park, which has an amphitheatre, tennis courts, a picnic area and more.

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Shopping is of the beachwear and souvenir variety, but national retailers are just six miles inland in Shallotte. A handful of waterfront grilles and restaurants serve up all kinds of tempting seafood. Thirty golf courses are within a short drive.

Population:  600 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  67% 

Cost of Living:  15% above the national average

Median Home Price: $265,000

Climate:     This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50s and 60s.  On average, Ocean Isle Beach receives 56 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is 14 miles away in Supply and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is 14 miles away in Supply and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Well below the national average

Public Library:    No

Political Leanings:   Conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:   The region is vulnerable if a hurricane strikes.

Notes:    This area has grown by 15% in the last decade or two but is still very quiet in the winter.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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