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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina?

Sneads Ferry sits along the New River on the southern North Carolina coast. It is a relaxed place with deep roots, soft breezes and an easy way about it. Many residents are military families and fishermen. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is just across the river.

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Catching and selling seafood is Sneads Ferry's economic lifeblood. Fishing boats crowd the marina, and tons of shrimp, clams, flounder, oysters, mullet and more are brought to shore every year. The seven fish houses do a brisk business, and local shrimpers are honored with August's Shrimp Festival, a two day event that draws 10,000 people. Residents also enjoy Winter Fest and community bingo dinners. The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents a handful of shows each season and has open auditions. Civic groups include the New River Garden Club, the Lions, the Rotary Club and several others. Retailers, service providers and restaurants, aside from fish places, are limited, and many residents go to Jacksonville, 20 miles away, for supplies.

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There are established neighborhoods with town homes and ranch ramblers as well as new master planned developments with waterfront properties. The white oceanfront sands of North Topsail Beach are about 10 minutes away.

Population:  2,800 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  40%

Cost of Living:  17% below the national average

Median Home Price: $285,000   

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 56 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Onslow Memorial Hospital is 20 miles away in Jacksonville and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but Onslow Memorial Hospital is 20 miles away in Jacksonville and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average, although property crime is a little high.

Public Library:    Yes 

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College Educated:   25%

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:   Residents say that emergency services are somewhat lacking.

Notes:   Sneads Ferry has grown by 35% during the last decade, and home prices have increased by 15% during the last year. While there is no local hospital, there is a medical clinic. The town dates from 1791.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although 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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