Southport is a city in the southernmost county of North Carolina, Brunswick. Its prime location and historical appeal have made it a favorable option for retirees. Southport is known for its history, scenery, and maritime heritage.
Climate and Geography
Southport is located on the southern coast of North Carolina, just two miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Residents of Southport can expect to see more rainfall than the national average and over 200 sunny days a year. Winters are short and mild, while temperatures in the summer average in the mid 80s.
Southport is surrounded by large bodies of water, offering space for plenty of outdoor activities.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Locals can relax by taking a trip down the Southport Pier or River Walk. There is also the Price Creek Lighthouse, which is another popular landmark.
The quaint downtown area of the city is home to a number of antique stores and malls where residents can witness the heritage first-hand. Not to mention, there are plenty of art and studio galleries, as well as historical museums to explore.
Locals also enjoy trying out the different wineries and breweries, such as Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room and Check Six Brewing Company.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Southport is only slightly higher than the state and national average. The median home and housing cost is about the same compared nationally, but slightly higher than the state. Other categories, including utilities, transportation, and groceries, are all less than the national averages.
In North Carolina, Social Security benefits are not taxed, but there is an income tax at a rate of 5.49 percent. Also, residents 65 and older may qualify for certain tax exemptions on their retirement benefits.
The sales tax of North Carolina is 4.75 percent and Southport adds a 2 percent tax on top of that rate.
There are a few hospitals and medical centers near Southport. They are J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, and Wilmington Treatment Center. There is also New Hanover Regional Medical Center, which ranks high performing in six procedures by U.S. News.