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Newport, North Carolina

Peaceful Newport Sits Near Bogue Sound on North Carolina's Crystal Coast and Has a Country, Shoreline Vibe

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Overview: Quiet Newport sits on North Carolina's mid-coast, often called the Crystal Coast, and has a mix of farmland and riverfront. People choose to live here because although the town is not right on the sea, it has a coastal, country vibe and is close to the beaches in Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, which sit just on the other side of Bogue Sound.

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Older neighborhoods have clapboard bungalows, farmhouses and modest ranch ramblers. Newer subdivisions, including Bogue Watch, have sleek, new single family homes with open floor plans and tall ceilings. Some homes outside of town limits border the Croatan National or sit along the Newport River or Broad Creek. See Newport Foreclosures and Inexpensive Homes at Foreclosure.com. Newport does not really have a town center, but service providers include a bank, some gas stations, a vet clinic, H&R Block, family-style chain restaurants and others. Most people go into Morehead City, about nine miles away, for more dining and shopping options.

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Population:  4,700 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  38%

Cost of Living:  15% below the national average

Median Home Price: $215,000

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, it receives 55 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, about nine miles away, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, about nine miles away, is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College:   27%

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:   Hurricanes are always a possibility, and in 2018 Hurricane Florence caused signicant damage. The town has recovered, although some homes are still uninhabitable. It could happen again.

Notes:     Newport has grown by 16% in the last decade.

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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 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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Stats:

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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