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Retire in Maggie Valley, North Carolina?
Overview: Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest in lush western North Carolina, this cute, old fashioned resort town is in one of the highest valleys on the East Coast. It dates from the late-1800s and is named for the daughter of the original postmaster.
Popular pastimes range from tubing and stream fishing to Maggie Valley Club golf and Chataloochee Ranch horseback riding. Museums in the area include a working farm homestead and Wheels Through Time, a museum housing rare and classic motorcycles. The Maggie Valley Festival Grounds hosts a barbecue festival, car shows, and an annual crafts show. There is no shopping mall but rather lots of touristy little shops, galleries and boutiques. Restaurants include the Moonshine Grille, the Country Vineyard Cafe and Frankie's Italian Trattoria. Grocery shopping and most services are in Waynesville, about nine miles away. Homes are tucked in the woods and include cabins, chalets, manufactured homes, ranch ramblers and others.
Maggie Valley is less than an hour west of Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway is within easy reach, and its Watterock Knob offers hiking opportunities and stunning mountain vistas. People wander into town on their way to and from the nearby Chataloochee Ski Area.
Population: 1,150 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 58%
Cost of Living: 12% below the national average
Median Home Price: $110,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, 58 inches of rain and 13 inches of snow fall each year. The elevation is 2,935 feet above sea level.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No. The nearest hospital that accepts Medicare patients is eight miles away in Clyde.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The nearest accredited hospital is Pardee UNC Healthcare in Hendersonville, about 30 miles away.
Public Transit: A limited, on demand van service is provided by the county.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library? Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Maggie Valley has lost 3% of its population in the last decade.
Notes: This is a seasonal place, and although winter tourists come to ski, many shops and stores close during the winter. Interstate 40 is about eight miles to the east.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Maybe. The seasonality and distance to an accredited hospital should be kept in mind.
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