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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina

Along Bogue Sound on North Carolina's Inner Banks, Cape Carteret is a Sleepy Hamlet with an Easygoing Way of Life

Primarily residential, the sleepy hamlet of Cape Carteret sits along Bogue Sound at the foot of the Emerald Isle Bridge on North Carolina's mid-coast Inner Banks. It has grown 20% in the last decade and bills itself as "The Finest Town by the Sound."

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People come to Cape Carteret for its easy way of life. There are several waterfront parks, at least two marinas, a handful of hotels, a country club, three golf courses, a fishing pier and a community boat ramp. Many inland homes have a leafy lot, and waterfront homes along the Sound and the few canals have a boat dock. There are also gated, master-planned communities. Most festivals and events occur in neighboring towns and include the Carolina Chocolate Festival in Morehead City, the Mullet Festival in Swansboro, the Beach Music Festival in Atlantic Beach and many others.

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The town has a grocery store a home improvement store, a Walgreen's and some other merchants. More stores and services not found in town are available in Emerald Isle (eight miles) or in Swansboro (three miles), both reachable via Highway 58. Long stretches of beautiful oceanfront beaches are also in Emerald Isle.

Population:  2,500 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  64%

Cost of Living:    5% below the national average

Median Home Price:  $375,000

Climate:  This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50s, 60s.   On average, 55 inches of rain fall each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients:   No, but Carteret General in Morehead City is 18 miles away and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission:   No, but Carteret General in Morehead City is 18 miles away and is accredited.

Public Transit:     Yes, the country provides a dial-a-ride van service called CCATS.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College Educated:   37%

Cons:    Hurricanes are always a possibility, and in 2018 Hurricane Florence caused significant flooding and wind damage.

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Mostly yes

Notes:   Amenities are limited.   Winter is very quiet, and some businesses close. Just 10 miles from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Cape Carteret is popular with current and retired military officers.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, but the distance to a hospital should be considered.

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North Carolina:

"Esse quam videri" is the motto of North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. It was the 12th state to be admitted to the Union, joining the other states on November 21, 1789. North Carolina was also one of the Thirteen Colonies and was originally named the Province of Carolina. It was the second to the last state to declare its secession from the Union during the Civil War.

The state is situated in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The capital is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte.

The historical people of North Carolina include the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Coree and Cape Fear Indians. The Revolutionary War impoverished the state of North Carolina for several years.

Charlotte is on a rapid growth streak thanks to its banking industry. North Carolina is also home to several universities, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

The state hosts more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams and is the site of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carolina Panthers represents North Carolina in the National Football League, and the Charlotte Bobcats play in the National Basketball Association.

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