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New London, North Carolina
A Peaceful Country Town, New London Boasts Lake Recreation, a Beautiful Golf Course and a Laid Back Lifestyle
New London is a nice little town next to the Badin Lake Recreation Area, which is in the Uwharrie National Forest about an hour northeast of Charlotte in southwestern North Carolina. The town started in 1830 and today is popular with people seeking a laid back country lifestyle.
Residences are well spread out from the town center and include manufactured homes, ranch ramblers and custom homes, some next to the lake. Many have acreage. Although the town is small, it has an attractive town hall, a cute post office, a couple of nice parks with fountains, a fire department, a history museum and a small grocery/deli. Badin Lake, which covers 5,000 acres and has 115 miles of shoreline, is the perfect spot for boating, fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding. Old North State Club, a beautiful Tom Fazio-designed 18 hole course, stretches along a two and a half mile peninsula of the lake and has breathtaking views.
Population: 650 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 17% below the national average
Median Home Price: $290,000
Climate: This area has warm, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, it receives 45 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Stanly Regional Medical Center five miles away in Albemarle accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Stanly Regional Medical Center five miles away in Albemarle is accredited.
Public Transit: No, but the county has a call-ahead van service that travels to medical centers, the senior center, etc.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No, but one is about five miles away in Albemarle.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: New London has maintained its population during the last decade and home prices have increased 12% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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