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Retire in Cape Carteret, North Carolina?

Overview: Primarily residential, the sleepy hamlet of Cape Carteret is located along the Intracoastal Waterway at the foot of the Emerald Isle Bridge on North Carolina's mid-coast. It dates from 1959 and has nearly doubled in the last decade or two.

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Cape Carteret is known for its good schools and easy way of life. It has several waterfront parks, at least two marinas, a handful of hotels, a country club, three golf courses, a fishing pier and a community boat ramp. Most inland homes have a leafy lot, and waterfront homes along Bogue Sound and the few canals have a boat dock. There are also home gated, master-planned communities. Highway 58 connects Cape Carteret with the beaches on Bogue Banks, a barrier island that draws locals and vacationers alike. Annual area festivals include the St. Patrick's Day Festival and the autumn Mullet Festival. Just 15 miles from the Marine Corp base of Camp Lejeune, Cape Carteret is popular with current and retired military officers.

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There town has a Food Lion, a home improvement store, a Walgreen's and some other merchants. More stores and services not found in town are available in Emerald Isle (eight miles) or in Swansboro (three miles).

Population:  2,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population 45 or Better:  64%

Cost of Living:    6% above the national average

Median Home Price:  $235,000

Climate:  This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50s, 60s.   On average, 55 inches of rain fall each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Carteret General in Morehead City is 18 miles away and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission?   No, but Carteret General in Morehead City is 18 miles away and is accredited.

Public Transit:     Yes, the country provides a dial-a-ride van service called CCATS.

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Very conservative

Cons:    Hurricanes are always a possibility.

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Mostly yes

Notes:   Amenities are limited.   Cape Carteret has very little racial diversity.  Winter is very quiet, and some businesses close.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, but the distance to a hospital should be considered.

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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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