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We want to retire somewhere in the Carolinas — what’s a nice area?

My spouse and I are each 57 and searching to retire at 62.  We will get roughly $1,700 a month every from Social Security.  We presently have roughly $750,000 in 401(okay) and money.  

We are trying to get out of New Jersey for apparent causes. We are trying in each North Carolina and South Carolina to retire. We should not taking a look at areas close to the shore. We don’t want a lot to survive and stay effectively inside our means. 

Can you recommend some nice areas, with inexpensive housing, low crime and low taxes?  

Thank you,


Dear Jim,

Congratulations for being on observe for a comfy retirement and beginning to take into consideration your dream retirement spot.

Many areas in the Carolinas qualify as nice and inexpensive with low taxes and low crime, so you could want to spend extra time fascinated about what else you’re in search of. Bigger metropolis? Smaller city? And that’s simply the begin.

On taxes: Note that Social Security just isn’t taxed in North Carolina. South Carolina exempts the portion of Social Security benefits included in federal taxable income, so you must count on to pay some taxes. If that is a huge concern, discuss to a tax skilled.

South Carolina additionally depends extra on property taxes to fund state and native authorities than North Carolina does, according to the National Tax Foundation. Of course, these taxes will range by group and property.

You could want to ask about different prices as effectively. What will your air-con invoice appear like vs. what you pay in New Jersey? What’s the price of a pool, if the home you purchase comes with one?

Given that crime can range by neighborhood or throughout a county, take the time to have a chat with the police division of communities which might be in your quick listing.

And as all the time, take the time to actually discover an space, together with when the climate isn’t as ultimate. A nasty transfer is a expensive mistake.

With that being mentioned, listed here are three strategies for you:

Hendersonville, North Carolina

You can have easy accessibility to Asheville however be away from the crowds by dwelling in close by Henderson County. About 115,000 individuals stay in the county, together with 14,000 in the county seat of Hendersonville, which provides a cute downtown and loads of chains on the outskirts. An surprising historic web site simply outdoors of Hendersonville is poet Carl Sandburg’s house, now a nationwide historic web site.

You’ll have loads of pure magnificence provided that Hendersonville is at the fringe of the Pisgah National Forest and between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an elevation of two,200 toes, snow must be gentle whereas summer season temperatures peak at a mean of 85 levels in July.

Median housing prices are barely under the U.S. median. Using present listings on, which, like MarketWatch, is owned by News Corp., take a look at homes that are on the market right now.

Greenville’s Falls Park on the Reedy is a common spot.


Greenville, South Carolina

Go an hour south of Hendersonville and also you’ll attain Greenville, S.C. It’s popping up on many “best places” lists, and if you happen to don’t want snow and may deal with some humidity, it might be a match.

What makes this metropolis of 70,000 so sizzling? US News & World Report cites a “reinvigorated downtown,” and Money journal notes that it’s “one of the most diverse cities in South Carolina”. says the local obsession is food, so foodies will respect that two restaurants were semi-finalists for James Beard awards this year. Furman University is in the high quartile of nationwide liberal arts schools, according to US News, and ranks fifth amongst “most innovative schools.”

There’s pure magnificence — Falls Park on the Reedy will get a number of raves, and also you’re in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Locals additionally reward the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a  22-mile greenway for cyclists, joggers, walkers and extra alongside the Reedy River.

Sports followers can take pleasure in minor-league baseball and hockey.

Curious what your cash should buy? Here are the current listings on

Stepping again a bit, Greenville County has greater than 500,00 residents. Next door, to the northeast, is Spartanburg County with greater than 300,000 individuals. Clemson University is 40 minutes away in the wrong way.

You can examine Columbia, S.C., 90 minutes on the freeway towards Charleston, right here

Golfing at Pinehurst No. 9.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina

But possibly the foothills aren’t your factor, and also you’re pleased with even hotter temperatures. So I checked out this list of low-crime spots in North Carolina.

Pinehurst tops the listing. You could comprehend it as the house of big-name golf tournaments, however 16,000 individuals stay there and one other 14,000 in neighboring Southern Pines (No. 10 on the listing).

Golf is actually huge right here — there are 40 courses within 20 miles. But make certain to take a look at Reservoir Park and its 95-acre lake in addition to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.

You’ll discover loads of fellow retirees right here; in Pinehurst, greater than 40% are 65 and older, and it’s nonetheless an above-average 26% in Southern Pines.

Weather-wise, the common excessive in July is 90 levels. Median housing prices are above the nationwide common, though they’re low in contrast to New Jersey.

Here’s what’s on the market now, once more utilizing listings on

This is a barely extra rural selection than Hendersonville; Moore County has about 100,000 residents. When you want to spend time somewhere busier, Fayetteville is an hour away to the east, Chapel Hill and Greensboro are about 90 minutes away, usually north, and Charlotte is 2 hours to the west.

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