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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Asheboro, North Carolina?

Overview: In the heart of the Uwharrie Mountains in the middle of North Carolina, Asheboro started out in 1780 and has in recent years been recognized for its attractive downtown, historic preservation and good government. It is also a Certified Retirement Community, meaning that it meets state standards for "providing the amenities, services and opportunities retirees need to enjoy active and productive lives."

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For much of the latter-20th century, Asheboro was a manufacturing town, producing shoes, furniture and batteries (Energizer still has a plant here). Its profile began to change in 1974 when the state-owned North Carolina Zoo opened. With 1,100 animals, 700,000 annual visitors and plans to expand, the zoo is one of the largest walk-through facilities of its kind and contributes to Asheboro's economy. Local museums include a classic motorcycle gallery and an aviation hall of fame. Residents enjoy the community Sunset Theater, five golf courses and a downtown farmers' market. Randolph Mall is small but has Belk and Sears. Neighborhoods have a country ambiance with ranch ramblers on wooded lots.

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The continuing ed program at Randolph Community College offers classes in pottery and photography, and the Randolph Arts Guild sponsors lectures, teas, and trips. Lake Reese has a kayak launch, and the city maintains a municipal golf course, an outdoor pool, and a tennis center. Lake Lucas boasts a fishing pier and boat rentals. The nearby Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Area is a popular hiking destination.

Population:  26,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population 45 or Better:  35%

Cost of Living:    12% below the national average

Median Home Price:  $120,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s.   The area receives 45 inches of rain and six inches of snow per year.    The elevation is 800 feet above sea level.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?    Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission?   Yes

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:    Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Very, very conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:    Some areas of town have seen better days.

Notes:   Asheboro is racially diverse and has grown by 50% within the last couple of decades. People seem to like living here.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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North Carolina:

"Esse quam videri" is the motto of North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. It was the 12th state to be admitted to the Union, joining the other states on November 21, 1789. North Carolina was also one of the Thirteen Colonies and was originally named the Province of Carolina. It was the second to the last state to declare its secession from the Union during the Civil War.

The state is situated in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The capital is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte.

The historical people of North Carolina include the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Coree and Cape Fear Indians. The Revolutionary War impoverished the state of North Carolina for several years.

Charlotte is on a rapid growth streak thanks to its banking industry. North Carolina is also home to several universities, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

The state hosts more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams and is the site of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carolina Panthers represents North Carolina in the National Football League, and the Charlotte Bobcats play in the National Basketball Association.

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Stats:

Population - 10,147,788 

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 63% 

Median household income - $46,868 

Median home value - $162,500

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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