There are 130 active adult communities in North Carolina, which is one of the reasons a lot of retirees move there. But that’s not the only reason. The state’s four-season climate, an abundance of continuing education opportunities, and close proximity to cultural and recreational activities are all reasons North Carolina is a popular place to retire.
If you’ve thought about moving to North Carolina it's likely you've been overwhelmed by the number of choices. The state is home to several diverse regions and metropolitan areas. If you're deciding between the coastal cities, the mountains, or the capital, we're here to help.
1. The Triangle
Together, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham make up the popular area nicknamed the Research Triangle, or simply the Triangle. Because it's home to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, this region of the Tar Heel state is known for its technology and research facilities.
The Triangle offers plenty of recreational, social, and educational attractions. There are museums, performing arts centers, urban shops, and highly-rated restaurants. Raleigh is home to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, and baseball fans can go check out the Durham Bulls, the minor league team featured in the movie Bull Durham.
Largely known for its Art Deco and Beaux architecture, dozens of art galleries, and lush, mountain setting Asheville is one of the most eclectic cities in North Carolina. The city is home to a booming craft beer scene and several popular music venues.
Located at a relatively high elevation, Asheville is the perfect destination for a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking in the mountains, biking along trails, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is also just outside of Asheville, making it an easy escape from the city for outdoor enthusiasts.
While Charlotte has seven active adult communities within the city, there are 46 in the immediate vicinity, making it one of the top retirement destinations in the state. Located in central North Carolina, Charlotte is an hour away from Myrtle Beach where there is an abundance of golf courses, and Charleston isn’t far, either.
If kayakers find the North Carolina river systems too tame, then you can try out the man-made rapids at the National Whitewater Rafting Center, located in Mecklenburg County, just west of Charlotte. The ever-popular Lake Norman is located just north of the city. Otherwise, Charlotte is popular for its dining, craft breweries, and a laid-back atmosphere. And let’s not forget that Charlotte is also the birthplace to NASCAR and home to the sport's Hall of Fame
4. The Piedmont Triad Cities
Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point make up North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad cities, which is not to be confused with the Triangle region of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
While many 55+ communities are located in the Raleigh-Durham area, there are plenty of low-maintenance neighborhoods in this region. Whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor adventurer, a food and wine enthusiast, or a sports fan, the Piedmont Triad area in central North Carolina offers plenty to do, including festivals, golf courses, shopping, museums and historical sites to restaurants and wineries.