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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Etowah, North Carolina?

Overview:   Etowah is a nice little community (census designated place) in a scenic valley on the edges of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. It got its name from the Native American word for a river in Georgia and dates from the late-1800s.

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Just 25 miles from trendy Asheville, Etowah has quadrupled in size during the last couple of decades. Much of this growth has come from people, including retirees, wanting to live near, but not in, Asheville. Etowah has no traditional town center so most merchants, including a grocery, a post office, banks, a few eateries, a pharmacy, gas stations and the like, are along or near the main throughfare, Brevard Road. Anything not found here is generally available in nearby Hendersonville. Neighborhoods, most without sidewalks, have a country quality and attractive residences on nicely-landscaped lots. Riverwind is a pet-friendly 55+ community with tree-lined lanes. The Etowah Valley Golf Club sits toward the northern end of the community.

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The Pisgah National Forest offers a bounty of hiking, camping and fishing opportunities. Looking Glass Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in North Carolina, is just a 20 minute drive away. Mountain views are all around.

Population:  7,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  58%

Cost of Living:   4% above the national average

Median Home Price: $199,000

Climate:  The elevation is 2,100 feet above sea level, so summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 54 inches of rain and nine inches of snow each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Pardee Memorial Hospital is just seven miles away in Hendersonville and accepts Medicare.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but Pardee Memorial Hospital is just seven miles away in Hendersonville and is accredited.

Public Transit:  No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes, and it is in a new building with lots of windows.

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:   Winter roads are sometimes a little trecherous.

Notes:   Etowah has very little racial diversity.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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