Raleigh, North Carolina: Turn your retirement into a year-long vacation.
North Carolina offers a comfortable climate, without the harsh winters that many retirees seek to escape. The state’s capital, Raleigh, presents an attractive destination when you’re ready to take it a little easier, whether you are retired or just heading that way.
Raleigh is located in the region known as the “Research Triangle”—incorporating, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, and the highly acclaimed universities that are located here (Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Now referred to as just “The Triangle”, it boasts an unlimited variety of ways to spend your leisure time during retirement—culture, history, education, recreation, entertainment, and so much more.
Let’s look a bit closer at the reasons you should retire in Raleigh.
#1. We’re not the only ones who rate us “best”. Niche.com rated Raleigh as #6 among the “Best Places to Retire in North Carolina. Time Magazine ranked Raleigh as one of the five great small cities for retirement, citing various reasons. “From 2000 to 2010 the city’s population of 55- to 64-year- olds shot up by 97%, according to the Brookings Institution. It’s not hard to see the draw: Raleigh provides a big-city feel with a low cost of living; mild, four-season weather; and, thanks to all those medical schools, world-class health care.”
The Wall Street Journal placed Raleigh as #10 on the 2017 list of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live”. Forbes rated the city as the second on its list of “Most Educated Cities in America”.
#2. You’ll fit right in. The population of Raleigh residents who are age 62 or older represents 11.3% of the 458,800 people in the city. That’s a large group of your peers, many of whom are living in the North Carolina over 55 communities (active adult communities) throughout the Raleigh region.
#3. You’ll never have to pack away your golf clubs. With more than 20 public and private golf courses in and around Raleigh, you can experience world-class golf most of the year, and the only long drive that’s required is on the fairway.
#4. The cost of living is budget-friendly. Stretch your budget when you retire in Raleigh, because the cost of living is below the national average. You can purchase a new home and live well here.
#5. Dining can be an extreme sport. What’s your passion? If you’re a foodie who loves to explore new flavors and find your new favorite restaurant, you’ll never go hungry in this area. Raleigh residents are known for elevating barbecue to an elite level, but you’ll also discover that every imaginable cuisine is on the menu somewhere in the city.
#6. Go this way to the shore and that way to the mountains. North Carolina offers mountain ranges, seashore, and lakes. Raleigh is an easy drive to the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of the state. Or head east and follow Atlantic Coastal Plain and the various capes along the way.
If you envision an active retirement, Raleigh will cater to your every wish.