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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson is a Leafy Lakeside Town with Nice Neighborhoods, a Small College and a Charming Red Brick Downtown

Davidson rests on the east shore of 33,000- acre Lake Norman in southwestern North Carolina and receives good reviews all around. Just 20 miles north of Charlotte, it is the home of Davidson College (1,800 students), a selective liberal arts institution, and it is dog-friendly, pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly.

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Davidson's charming downtown has red brick sidewalks, fun shops and excellent outdoor cafes. Homes cover most of the shoreline, but Roosevelt Wilson Park has boardwalks, and Parham Park is the place to launch a canoe. Locals also enjoy miles of walkways and greenways. Davidson College boasts an art gallery, a theater, an arboretum, a concert hall, a sculpture gallery, a symphony, a jazz ensemble and a chorale. All are open to the public. The town encourages volunteerism and is home to numerous non-profits, including the Davidson Community Players, ReadDavidson, the Davidson Land Conservancy, and the Davidson Farmers' Market. The Gallery Crawl, Town Day, and Concerts on the Green are just a few of the many events and festivals.

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Neighborhoods are leafy and well-tended with newer bungalows, arts and craft styles, Craftsmans, Georgians and Colonials. Many have a community boat dock.

Population:  14,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  29% 

Cost of Living:  33% above the national average

Median Home Price: $595,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s.  On average, the area receives 44 inches of rain each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is just five miles away and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   No, but Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is just five miles away and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Liberal

College Educated:   70%

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:   None

Notes:  Davidson has grown 20% within the last decade. Home prices have increased 29% since last year. The Ada Jenkins Center has a free medical clinic and dental bus.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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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 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 Hornets play in the National Basketball Association.

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