Over the past decade, North Carolina has emerged as one of Americaâ€™s
most popular retirement states. Its prime location offers several
diverse regions. Residents can enjoy beaches along the Atlantic coast,
scenic vistas along the Appalachian Mountains and thriving urban centers
in cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh. Major interstates, such as
I-95 make it easy to travel to neighboring states along the east coast,
and the sub-tropical climate offers hot summers and mild winters.
While some Baby Boomers and young retirees opt to live near North
Carolinaâ€™s urban centers, others prefer to settle in one of the stateâ€™s
lush mountain regions or coastal towns. Four of North Carolinaâ€™s popular
retirement cities include: Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, and
As the largest city in North Carolina,
Charlotte offers an active lifestyle for Baby Boomer retirees. The city
has plenty of walking appeal, with many shopping, dining and cultural
attractions set in a temperate climate. The city is celebrated for its
diverse neighborhoods, low crime rate and affordable housing.
Surrounding areas, such as Pineville and Matthews, offer a variety of
age-restricted communities for those 55 and older. A couple of these
communities include: The Village of Carolina Place and The Polo Club at
Mountain Island Lake.
Asheville Active Adult Living
western North Carolina area, set amid the Appalachian Mountains, is
often listed among various top national ratings for desirable places to
live. A few of its accolades include being named one of â€œThe 50 Most
Alive Places to Beâ€ by Modern Maturity; one of the â€œBest Places to
Reinvent Your Lifeâ€ by AARP Magazine; and â€œthe most vegetarian-friendlyâ€
small cities in America by PETA. With its lush natural surroundings and
small city appeal, Asheville draws an eclectic mix of residents,
including many retired active adults.
Raleigh Active Adult
This popular destination is the capital of North
Carolina and the stateâ€™s second largest city. Together, Raleigh, Durham
and Chapel Hill make up the area known as Research Triangle, or The
Triangle. The area is home to three major research universities, as well
as the diverse attractions of a thriving urban center. Surrounding
areas, such as Cary, Garner and Apex, offer great active adult
communities, including: Carolina Preserve
by Del Webb (pictured above), Heritage Pines, and The Village at
Wilmington Active Adult Living
Set on the Cape
Fear River, near North Carolinaâ€™s southern Atlantic coast, Wilmington
offers a humid, sub-tropical climate with mild winters. The city
features a rich historic area and an active performing arts community.
Wilmington has a relatively low cost of living, and revitalization
efforts over the past decade have sought to bring the city out of an
economic slump that had persisted through the 1980s.
When looking for a retirement destination and active adult communities in NC,
be sure to explore the various areas North Carolina has to offer.
Whether you want to live near a rural mountain area, an urban center or a
coastal town, thereâ€™s a good chance you will find an appealing retirement community in
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