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Mount Holly, Kings Mountain among best places to retire in N.C.

Some people just don’t want to move to Florida in retirement. They’d rather stay put in the Carolinas with all the region has to offer: its splendid weather, culture and beautiful scenery. Still, retirees need to take their finances, safety and convenience into account when choosing a place to call home.

Movoto has just come out with a list of the best places to retire in North Carolina, factoring in the cost of living, crime statistics, availability of amenities, weather and proximity to an international airport for those bucket list adventures. More than half of the communities that made the cut are around Charlotte, including Mount Holly, Kings Mountain, Mint Hill, Stallings, Harrisburg and Matthews.

Mount Holly was chosen as the second best place to retire in North Carolina based on its proximity to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the amenities it has to offer. Although Mount Holly is more expensive than many other communities in the state, according to Movoto, its cost of living is lower than the national average.

Kings Mountain came in at No. 5, doing well in all categories except cost of living, where it ranks at the national average. The city of 10,000 must already be aware of its vibe. Its website reads: “We take pride in being one of the most livable cities in America. Neighbors benefit from exceptional medical facilities, vibrant neighborhood business districts, and a solid network of parks, community centers, and libraries.”

No. 6 was Mint Hill. The city’s cost of living is 7 points below the national average and a little higher than most towns in North Carolina, but it did well with amenities it has to offer residents.

Stallings was next on the list based on its amenities and crime rate, where it did really well. Stallings, with a population of nearly 14,000, has 2,075 restaurants and shops. As for crime, the town ranked No. 7 in safety for the entire state.

Harrisburg was No. 8, with a population of 11,500 and 1,634 places to shop and dine. Like Stallings, it has a very low crime rate so you’ll be safe when you go out on the town. However, it was more expensive than most cities on the list, ranking 69th out of 82. The cost of living here is just 5 points below the national average.

Rounding out the top ten places to retire was Matthews. Like many of the other cities near Charlotte, Matthews’ cost of living is higher than many other cities in North Carolina. The city, however, has a lot of amenities to offer its 27,000 residents, including 2,171 restaurants and shops.

The other cities on Movoto’s top ten list were:

  • Morrisville, No. 1, in the Research Triangle metropolitan region of Wake County.
  • Apex, No. 3, in Wake County; also one of the most expensive places to live in North Carolina.
  • Holly Springs, No. 4, also in Wake County’s Research Triangle area.
  • Sanford, No. 9, in Lee County; also known as “Brick Capital of the U.S.A.,” Sanford used to produce 10 percent of the entire nation’s bricks.


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