When it comes to looking for a state to retire to, North Carolina rarely gets the praise of it’s southern counterpart, but it should. It’s above average in just about every category you can think of, with great weather, amazing affordability in both taxes and real estate, great health care systems bolstered by local universities and a low crime rate, it’s a wonder why it’s so low on our list. That’s just it, it’s above average in everything that matters and simple not exceptional in any one category.
North Carolina could literally be the best state to retire to as it’s above average in every single category that matters and not below average in a single one! It’s social security exemptions are tops in the nation and the affordability is already great. You’ll get a full 4 seasons in North Carolina and be driving distance to both beach and mountain. North Carolina has a bustling metro in Charlotte, but also has great larger university cities like Raleigh. The entire state is covered in retirement communities and you’d find it impossible to play all the golf that the state has to offer.
If you’re considering retiring to North Carolina you have to consider the same sorts of things you’d need to consider in pretty much every other state. The further you get away from metros the harder it is to get quality health care. Even then, North Carolina ranks 24th overall for health care.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.