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Retire in Fletcher, North Carolina?

Overview: Nestled in western North Carolina, Fletcher is a Blue Ridge Mountain town with a nice reputation. It sits in hilly terrain between Asheville and Hendersonville and has country, suburban vibe.

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Residents enjoy a summer music series with concerts in the park. Other events and festivals include an annual chili cook off, a memorial golf tournament and a Christmas tree lighting. There is no defined downtown area, but Fletcher manages a community park with Cane Creek trails, arboretum gardens and playing fields. A walking trail meanders through Kate's Park next to the library. Broadmoor and Southern Tee are two area golf courses. Southern Tee, a par three course, is tucked in a hidden valley. Both Interstate 26 and the Asheville Regional Airport are just west of town. Neighborhoods include compact subdivisions with ranch ramblers and quiet areas with large homes on wooded acreage. Many properties have mountain views.

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Population:  7,800 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  35%

Cost of Living:  8% above the national average

Median Home Price: $265,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s; winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and six inches of snow each year. The elevation is 2,215 feet above sea level.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Park Ridge Health is three miles away in Hendersonville and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but Park Ridge Health is three miles away in Hendersonville and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:  Meet the national average

Public Library:    Yes

Political Leanings:    Conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Somewhat

Cons:    None

Notes:    Fletcher has grown by nearly 200% within the last decade or two but still has little racial diversity.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although the lack of transportation might be a drawback for some.

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North Carolina:

"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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Stats:

Population - 10,147,788 

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 63% 

Median household income - $46,868 

Median home value - $162,500

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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