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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Carolina Shores, North Carolina?

Overview:   This Brunswick County town split from its nearest neighbor, Calabash, after battles over city services and ordinances. Despite its name, it sits about five miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and does not have a shore or beach. It was incorporated in 1998.

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Carolina Shores has been booming, quadrupling in size within the 10 to 15 years. It is particularly popular with retirees and is a loose confederation of six well manicured master planned communities, most of which have amenities of their own. The Farm at Brunswick combines traditional residences with the modern homes and features silos, windmills, and plows. The Village at Calabash has stocked fishing ponds and a small library. Calabash Lakes has a lap pool and a large clubhouse. Some national shopping chains are within the town's borders, and numerous golf courses are within a ten minute drive.

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Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach are within reach, too, and county parks and wineries are close at hand. Most parks offer a mix of hiking and ecosystems, and nearby Silver Coast Winery has tours and an art gallery. Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club is just a few miles away but has seen better days.

Population:  3,800 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  80% 

Cost of Living:  3% below the national average

Median Home Price: $162,000

Climate:      This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50 and 60s. On average, it receives 56 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No but Grand Strand Regional Medical is 15 miles away in North Myrtle Beach and accepts Medicare.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   No but Grand Strand Regional Medical is 15 miles away in North Myrtle Beach and is accredited.

Public Transit:   The county provides a reservation-based van service. 

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:   No

Political Leanings:    Conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:    None

Notes:   Carolina Shores is essentially one large suburb, and amenities are found in other towns.   Racial diversity is practically non-existent.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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