For families considering options for senior living, North Carolina is often at the top of the list — and for good reason.
Whether you prefer laid-back beach towns, mountain hikes, or something in between, North Carolina has something to offer — and that’s what makes it an ideal retirement destination. The Outer Banks region along the state’s eastern coast is a popular tourist spot, featuring lighthouses, beaches, and countless other aquatic activities. It’s also home to Kitty Hawk, the seaside town where the Wright brothers made their historic first airplane flight. Then, on North Carolina’s western edge is where the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains run through the state. Peppered throughout all of North Carolina are small yet vibrant college towns like Asheville and Chapel Hill, along with larger metropolitan areas like Charlotte. Add mild weather and low property taxes to the mix, and it’s clear why the Tar Heel State has one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 150 independent living communities, sometimes simply called retirement communities, in North Carolina.
The median monthly cost of independent living in North Carolina is about $2,600.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in North Carolina.
In North Carolina, independent living communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in North Carolina is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 15% of North Carolina’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, North Carolina leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with college towns and larger cities, like Raleigh and Greensboro, tend to be more progressive.
North Carolina’s climate is mainly divided into two sections, with most of the state classified as humid subtropical, and the far western area with higher elevations classified as the subtropical highland variety of oceanic climate. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, although temperatures tend to be mild throughout the year and less extreme compared to most of the country. Humidity is usually higher along the state’s eastern border with the Atlantic Ocean, whereas the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of state bring slightly cooler temperatures and drier weather.