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Retire in Pinehurst, North Carolina?
Overview: Located in the lush Sandhills region of south central North Carolina, beautiful Pinehurst is a golf destination and has long drawn retirees and vacationers.
It was designed in the late-1800s to resemble a New England village, and its darling downtown has restored red brick buildings with white framed windows, wooden benches, colorful gardens and boutique shops. Quiet, curving neighborhood lanes are lined with long leaf pines and magnolia trees. The village is also home to the Pinehurst Resort, a storied golf Mecca that has hosted prestigious PGA golf tournaments over the years. The Resort has eight golf courses, a spa and three hotels. Another 34 golf courses are within a short drive. Although many people move here for the golf, others come for the growing equestrian culture. Still others come for the elegant lakefront homes. Pinehurst Trace is a wooded 55+ community.
The farmers' market happens on Saturday and Wednesday. A newcomers' group welcomes recent arrivals. Sandhills Community College has classes for all ages. There are 18 lakes in the area, some of which allow power boating.
Population 16,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population 45 or Better: 70%
Cost of Living: 10% above the national average
Median Home Price: $270,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: No, but the Senior Enrichment Center provides transportation to medical appointments and to congregate meal sites.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes, the cute Given Memorial Library
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: The tornado risk is 60% above the
Notes: Pinehurst's size has grown by 25% within the last decade. Racial diversity minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Tar Heel State was one of the first to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from British rule. After the Revolutionary War, it entered the Union on November 21, 1789 and started developing an extensive slave plantation system. It became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco. North Carolina was one of 11 states to secede from the Union and to spark the American Civil War.
Bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic ocean, North Carolina's geographic regions range from the barrier islands and low plains of the eastern Atlantic coast to the mountainous regions of the west. The rolling hills and waterfalls of the Piedmont lie in between. Because of a wide variance in altitudes, North Carolina's climate can be hard to predict. Winters, especially on the coast, can be warm and mild.
The state has 17 major river basins and is rich in hydroelectric power. Tobacco, sweet potatoes, hogs, trout, and turkeys are a few of its agricultural products. The arts and culture industry has become an economic driver. It supports more than 43,000 jobs and generates almost $120 million in state and local revenue.
North Carolina is the home of several firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville. The Wright brothers launched the first manned, self-propelled airplane from a cliff near Kitty Hawk. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern. Vernon Rudolph first sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem.
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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