By Becky Gaunt
Florida isn’t the only state that attracts retirees. People who want four seasons and cooler weather often opt for North Carolina, a state that offers both beach and mountain recreation. There are a variety of options to choose from when looking for your perfect retirement community. Whether you prefer the shoreline or the serenity of the mountains, there’s sure to be something in North Carolina to suit your needs. In 2017, Wallethub ranked the states for retirement based on crime rate, cost of living, healthcare, leisure, and tax policies on Social Security and pensions. North Carolina landed in the 23rd spot.
Asheville is an appealing town to all ages, including retirees. It is not the cheapest option in the state, but it is full of culture and has endless recreational options. The University of North Carolina at Asheville lends to the town’s youthful and vibrant feel, and it operates the College for Seniors within the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute so that retirees can stay active and continue learning. The median home price is $200,000. Time Money rated it as one of the “Best Places to Retire” in 2015. The downtown area is thriving with local businesses, galleries and restaurants. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer abundant outdoor activities. The Biltmore Estate sells annual passes with access to the house, gardens and walking paths. The hilly terrain of the region should be a consideration for anyone with limited mobility.
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