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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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