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From the shores of Wilmington to the golf courses in Pinehurst to the rich mountains of Asheville, North Carolina truly is one of those places that have something for everyone. The state’s 300 miles of pristine coastline, quaint towns, vibrant cities, outdoor adventures, and environmental reserves make it one of the most “livable� cities in the United States, and one of the best places to retire. The cost of living in North Carolina is six percent lower than the national average, while home prices are lower than those in most states. The state gives families and individuals different housing options, including affordable single homes, luxury estates, and apartments.

New Bern The second oldest town in North Carolina, New Bern is home to four historic districts and more than a hundred homes on the National Historic Register, with some dating back to the 18th century. The city is perfect for active seniors. Sitting where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet, it provides plenty of opportunities for rafting, boating, fishing, and other water activities. The Atlantic Ocean beaches are just an hour’s drive from the center of the town. New Bern inspired most of the scenes from the classic romance novelturned movie “The Notebook�.

Asheville There are many great reasons Asheville tops several “best places to live” and “best places to retire” lists, from its thriving art scene to sumptuous organic and vegetarian eats to fun outdoor adventures. The city is retiree-centric, hosting a number of retirement communities and senior living facilities. It is also home to the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, an Asheville University-based center that serves as a meeting place for retirees in North Carolina. The center offers more than 250 classes on everything from arts to Buddhist philosophy.

Pinehurst Pinehurst is a paradise for the golf-lovers. Featuring 47 courses, this golf mecca is home to the popular Pinehurst Resort, where the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, and U.S. Open are played. Many baby boomers retire in Pinehurst not only because of golf, but also for the high quality regional health care options. First Health of the Carolinas, a network of 3 hospitals and 15 primary care facilities, is located right in the heart of the city. North Carolina possesses all of the qualities that make for great retirement living.

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