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Retire in Hillsville, Virginia?
Overview: Hillsville is in lush, rural southwestern Virginia, less than 20 minutes from the North Carolina border and about 90 minutes from Roanoke. It has long been supported by agriculture and is the Carroll County seat.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hillsville is best known for its massive annual flea market (officially the Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show). The market consumes the entire community and can draw crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The downtown is lined with two story and two story red brick buildings and feels somewhat stuck in time. Town history is honored with a museum, a Confederate monument and the state's oldest continuously operated streetcar diner. The farmers' market is open year-round, and the Red Hill General Store offers anything from canning supplies to grass fed beef to garden clogs. Nearby Rocky Knob Recreation Area has extensive camping areas and easy access to Mabry Mill and the Chateau Morrisette Winery. The nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have some of the best trout streams in the state.
Considering its size, Hillsville has a lot of festivals and events, including an arts and crafts show, a summer concert series, a beach music festival and more. Neighborhoods are low density without sidewalks, and homes include ranch ramblers, split levels, cottages, bungalows, plantation styles and more. Retail shops are locally owned.
Population: 2,800 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 57%
Cost of Living: 8% below the national average
Median Home Price: $135,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 43 inches of rain and 18 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Twin County Regional Hospital is 12 miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Twin County Regional Hospital is 12 miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: The county has a limited van service to shopping and medical facilities.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: The poverty rate is slightly above the national average.
Notes: The air quality is outstanding. Hillsville has grown by 4% within the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Commonwealth of Virginia is on the southern Atlantic coast. Nicknames include Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents (eight American presidents were born here). The motto for the state is Sic Semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus Always to Tyrants. This motto is on both the state's seal (designed in 1776) and the state's flag (first used in the 1830s).
The Virginia Company established the Colony of Virginia and Jamestown in 1607. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Richmond was even named the Confederate capital. Today, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western world.
Western Virginia has a distictly rural, southern feeling while eastern Virgina is home to military installations and northern Virginia is where many Washington, D.C. lobbyists and government workers live.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and miles of eastern shore beaches are Virginia highlights.
Population - 8,411,808
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 88%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 36%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 62%
Median household income - $65,015
Median home value - $245,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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