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Retire in Concord, North Carolina?
Overview: Only 20 miles northeast of Charlotte in south central North Carolina, comfortable Concord is the Cabarrus County seat. It started out in 1750 and is one of the oldest cities in the Charlotte metro area.
Essentially an exurb of Charlotte, Concord boasts three historic districts with elegant homes from the late-1800s and early-1900s. The North Union district contains Memorial Garden, a three-acre 1804 botanic garden paradise. The engaging downtown includes the county's historic courthouse, the Concord Museum, a working pottery studio, art galleries, restaurants, antique stores and the popular Piedmont Farmers' Market. The Cabarrus County Arts Council manages galleries and The Davis Theatre, which hosts concerts, film screenings, and professional stage works. Concord is also the home of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a NASCAR office and numerous professional racing teams.
The city owns three recreational centers, an outdoor aquatics center and an 18-hole municipal golf course. Its Rocky River Greenway, an open space trail system, is under development. Concord Mills, which is one of the state's largest tourist attractions, and Carolina Mall have plenty of shopping opportunities.
Established neighborhoods have narrow streets with bungalows and Victorians on small lots, while newer areas have Craftmans and brick Colonials on larger lots. Lake Norman is less than hour away.
Population: 90,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 31%
Cost of Living: 6% below the national average
Median Home Price: $218,000
Climate: This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s. Winters have temperatures in 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, it receives 46 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 34%
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: Concord is racially diverse and has grown by 16% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
With its wide range of elevations and its three distinct geographic regions, the Tar Heel State is an inviting place to live or visit.
Its Atlantic Coastal Plain offers two national seashores and more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches. The Chowan, Roanoke, and Neuse rivers find the Atlantic here and provide endless opportunities for sailing, fishing, and kayaking. Seven coastal lighthouses help mark a history of pirates, wild horses, aviators, and Revolutionary War heroes. Downtown Wilmington buzzes with fine dining and nightlife.
North Carolina's Piedmont Region shelters some of the state's biggest cities. Metropolitan Charlotte is packed with galleries, furniture factories, breweries, and gardens. Winston-Salem harbors a a living history museum and sponsors the RiverRun International Film Festival. Barbecue flourishes in Lexington. For those looking to play golf, Pinehurst and the Sandhills beckon. The jewel of the region may be "The Triangle," a triumvirate of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. World-class universities, museums, and college athletics are everyday occurrences.
The state would be nothing without its Mountain Region. Mount Mitchell, the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi is here. Asheville, the foothills, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are here. Biltmore, the nation's largest home, is here. Visitors might boat at Lake Lure or find their way to the top of Chimney Rock and a stunning 75 mile view. Summer in the high country means the Great Smoky Mountains, camping, hiking, biking, and fishing. Winter means skiing at the Appalachian, Beech, or Sugar Mountain ski resorts.
Population - 10,147,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10%
White persons, not Hispanic - 63%
Median household income - $46,868
Median home value - $162,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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