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Southern Pines, North Carolina
Soothing Southern Pines Started Out as a Resort and Today Boasts a Rich Golfing Tradition, a Cute Downtown and Wooded Neighborhoods
Part of the Sandhills region of south central North Carolina, soothing Southern Pines was founded as a health resort for Northerners in the 1880s. Today, it is known for its long-standing golfing and equestrian traditions.
Golfers have seven challenging courses on which to test their skills, and riders (and their mounts) love the area's soft, sandy soil. The small but spirited downtown boasts a historic district with architectural styles ranging from Queen Anne and Colonial Revival to Bungalow and American Craftsman. A brewery, eateries and galleries line the streets. The Sandhill Community College houses the Center for Creative Living and a culinary club, and the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center has an auditorium, a black box theater and two outdoor venues. Housed in the celebrated Campbell House, the Arts Council of Moore Country sponsors lectures, festivals, as well classical and jazz performances. Various horse farms in and around town hold dressage and jumping events that are open to the public.
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 12% above the national average
Median Home Price: $480,000
Climate: This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in 40s, 50 and 60s. On average, it receives 56 inches of rain and two inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but FirstHealth Moore Reginal Hospital is about five miles away in Pinehurst and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No but FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital is about five miles away in Pinehurst and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 50%
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: Southern Pines has grown 20% within the last decade, and home prices have increased 8% since last year.
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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