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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Little Atlantic Beach is Rich in History and Boasts Miles of Sparkling White Sand Beaches
Atlantic Beach sits on the southern Outer Banks on a beautiful barrier island called Bogue Banks. History abounds in this area, as old shipwrecks, Coast Guard stations and lighthouses dot the land and Sound. The long bridge that stretches across Bogue Sound and connects the town to the mainland was built in 1928 and opened up Atlantic Beach to tourists.
Tourists still come today, drawn by the long, sparkling white oceanfront beach, which has several access points and a nice boardwalk. The town also has Bogue Banks' largest concentration of shops, services and restaurants, including a Food Lion and a movie theater. Residents enjoy a music festival, beach volleyball leagues, a running series and an outdoor movie series. On the Bogue Sound side, the Hoop Creek Nature Trail is the haunt of bird watchers and kayakers. The nearby Fort Macon State Park is built around a restored Civil War citadel, and its shoreline is open for swimming, fishing and beachcombing. A three mile boat ride transports visitors to the Cape Lookout National Sea Shore for fishing, camping, and wild horse watching.
Housing stock includes beach houses, condominiums and ranch ramblers in the middle of the island. Many sit atop stilts.
Population: 1,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 56%
Cost of Living: 18% above the national average
Median Home Price: $500,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 54 inches of rain and four inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No. The nearest hospital that accepts Medicare patients is in Morehead City, just across the Sound.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The nearest accredited hospital is CarolinaEast Medical Center, 35 miles away in New Bern.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No, but there is a Little Free Library, a community built library stand with a few books that people take and replace.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 47%
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility, and Florence in 2018 brought flooding.
Notes: Atlantic Beach has maintained its population during the last decade, and home prices have increased 5% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
"Esse quam videri" is the motto of North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. It was the 12th state to be admitted to the Union, joining the other states on November 21, 1789. North Carolina was also one of the Thirteen Colonies and was originally named the Province of Carolina. It was the second to the last state to declare its secession from the Union during the Civil War.
The state is situated in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The capital is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte.
The historical people of North Carolina include the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Coree and Cape Fear Indians. The Revolutionary War impoverished the state of North Carolina for several years.
Charlotte is on a rapid growth streak thanks to its banking industry. North Carolina is also home to several universities, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University.
The state hosts more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams and is the site of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carolina Panthers represents North Carolina in the National Football League, and the Charlotte Bobcats play in the National Basketball Association.
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