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55 Plus Communities in North Carolina's Best Small Towns

With a temperate climate in the east due to the Atlantic Ocean and a mountainous climate in the western areas with temperatures rarely rising above 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, North Carolina has a lot of natural beauty that makes it a great place to consider for people wanting to live in a small town. With technology, banking, health care, and agriculture making up a good portion of the economy, North Carolina has gone through rapid changes in demographics and living arrangements. Most people now live in the major urban areas like Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and Greensboro. However, there are still many small towns that are attractive to live in that don't give up bigger city amenities just to have peace and quiet.

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Best Small Towns in North Carolina

Apex NC

Located just outside of the Lake Jordan Recreation Area, which has beautiful campgrounds, abundant fishing, hiking trails, and picnic areas, Apex is on the national register of historic places due to its history as a turn-of-the-century railroad town. With Raleigh and big city benefits only 20 minutes away, Apex can be one of the best places to retire in North Carolina providing all the benefits of a small town(around 25,000 residents) with the cute streets and shops, with the proximity of a big city with shows, universities, and high quality medical care. With a government focused on keeping the small town feel alive in the rapidly-growing Research Park Triangle area, Apex is a good choice for people wanting to live in a small town without feeling isolated.

Asheville NC

Known for whitewater rafting, Asheville is full of natural beauty. During the fall, the forests that surround Asheville brighten up with color as the leaves change. In town, there are ample opportunities for sidewalk dining in cafes and in the summertime, there are multiple farmers markets to enjoy fresh produce and food goods. As the biggest “small town” in this article with a population of approximately 68,000 people, Asheville has recently been given lots of press as both a retirement and relocation destination. With a great climate and lots to do for everyone, Asheville is one of the best small towns to live in. Historically, Asheville has been home to the rich and famous as a health resort in the late 19th century. Home to the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, Asheville also has many historic museums that showcase this area’s large history as a resort to the rich, politicians (6 presidents have stayed at the Grove Park Inn Resortand Spa), and famous. Asheville is a great area for people who want history, natural beauty, along with modern amenities that only a world class “small town” can provide.

Buncombe County NC pop. 235,000
2340 above sea level.
Beautiful and scenic with a active downtown.
Education: The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Medical Center for region

Kannapolis NC

Kannapolis- with a storybook downtown area and lots of natural green areas preserved to prevent urbansprawl, Kannapolis is a rapidly evolving small town that has amenities that anyone wants and needs. Located a half hour away from Charlotte, this area has become a biotechnology hub while retaining its historic charm. In the last decade, millions have been spent to increase the livability and economic sustainability of this town. This town has obviously charmed some powerful people since the Chicago White Sox have located a minor league team here with a brand new stadium to boot. Kannapolis is known as a racing hub since the famous NASCAR Earnhardt family is from there. Steeped in racing history, there’s a NASCAR museum and a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt Sr located in town. Economically speaking, in 2005, the North Carolina Research Campus, a brand new technology park co-sponsored by the owner of Dole Food, Duke University, and The University of North Carolina system, was announced. This will surely bring technology companies flocking to Kannapolis for its high quality of life and proximity to Charlotte. With high tech companies in town, this area will surely attract more cultural exhibits and classes making it one of the best small towns for retirement. Overall, North Carolina has changed tremendously in the 20th century with most people now living in urban/suburban areas as opposed to rural areas. With this change, many small towns have been pushed to the side with population and job losses. Apex, Asheville, and Kannapolis have bucked this trend with new economic opportunities while still keeping their cozy feel. For anyone considering a North Carolina small town to retire in Apex, Asheville, and Kannapolis are all solid choices.

Brevard NC

In Transylvania County NC pop 31,000, Brevard is considered to be the Land of waterfalls. Gold, fishing, outdoor recreation. This is a most popular retirement spot. A charming town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina known for it's arts, music, the majestic mountains and waterfalls. Brevard has a music center, playhouse, theatre and more.

Southern Pines-Pinehurst NC

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen areais home to many of the finest NorthCarolina golf course. If you desire a gold retirementcommunity, you will fsind not better.

Hendersonville NC

Located in Western part of NC and 20 miles from Asheville. Located in a mountainous forested area. Mild mountain climate. A real hotspot for retirees. We love the Main Street in Hendersonville NC.

Durham North Carolina

We love Durham NC. What an entegetic virbrant enviroment.. Very walkable downtown Durham NC is a treat. Many walking trails and parks too. Very active senior centers program in Durham and volunteer opportunities. Durham Retirement Communities.

Rutherford County
This is one very beautiful place. One of the clearest pure lakes nestled in the mountains in the small town of LakeLure. Where parts of the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed and where the 2006 HGTV Dream Home is located. Take a visit and you will be impressed. Lots to choose from since the financial mess of 2008.


Lovely neighborhood in Raleigh, NC.


Heart of the high country. Commercial center for surrounding areas. Appalachian State University.

Blowing Rock

Lovely place to visit for tourist. Great small town with many quality restaurants.

Lake Lure
Great small town retirement living on a lake in the mountains. Plently of cabins and houses at great prices. This is where the lake sence from the movie "Dirty Dancing" was filmed.

Washington, NC

City of approximately 10,000 residents, located in northeastern North Carolina on the beautiful Pamlico River in the inland coastal region of North Carolina at the intersection of US 17 and US 264, approximately 125 miles east of Raleigh.

Hounds Ear, Newland, Ashe County.
Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Carolina Trace.

55 Plus Communities in NC

Carolina Preserve by Del Webb - Cary NC Retirement Community - 107 Arvind Oaks CircleCary, NC 27519

The Village at Motts Landing - Wilmington NC - The Village at Mott's Landing will feature new homes, pool and clubhouse, tennis court, and above all - a peaceful setting.

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen Retirement Community Raleigh NC - 501 East Whitaker Mill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27608

Heritage Wake Forest NC - 804 Heritage Lake Rd. Wake Forest, NC 27587 awarded the title of 2012 Best of the Best Neighborhood and Heritage Club has been awarded the title of 2012 Best of the Best Golf Course. This is the second year in a row that these honors have been presented to both the community and golf course.

Seven Oaks Upscale Retirement Community Charlotte NC - Yaupon Rd Charlotte, NC 28215 Tribute Homes was founded on the belief that your retirement lifestyle of is full of extraordinary promise and potential.

Sun City Carolina Lakes Charlotte SC - 5074 Grandview Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29707 Sun City Carolina Lakes is located in Lancaster County, South Carolina just 5 miles from the North Carolina border and only a short distance from the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.

Carolina Ridge 55 Plus Retirement Communities Charlotte NC - Carolina Ridge 55 Plus Community takes you to a place where nature, adventure, and enchantment fill every day.

List of small towns in North Carolina include:

Advance Ararat Belews Creek Bethania Boonville Clemmons Cleveland CooleemeeDanbury Dobson East Bend Germanton Hamptonville King Lawsonville LewisvilleLowgap Madison Mayodan Mocksville Mount Airy White Plains Pfafftown PilotMountain Pine Hall Pinnacle Rural Hall Sandy Ridge Siloam Stoneville ToastTobaccoville Walkertown Walnut Cove Westfield Woodleaf Yadkinville WinstonSalem Alamance Altamahaw Asheboro Bear Creek Bennett Biscoe Blanch BonleeBrowns Summit Burlington Bynum Candor Cedar Falls Cedar Grove Climax Colfax NCCumnock Denton Eagle Springs Efland Elon Ether Franklinville GibsonvilleGoldston Graham Gulf Haw River Highfalls High Point Hillsborough JacksonSprings Jamestown Julian Kernersville Eden Leasburg Lexington Liberty LinwoodMc Leansville Mebane Milton Mount Gilead Oak Ridge Pelham Pittsboro PleasantGarden Prospect Hill Providence Ramseur Randleman Reidsville Robbins RuffinSanford Saxapahaw Seagrove Sedalia Semora Siler City Snow Camp Sophia SouthmontStaley Star Stokesdale Summerfield Swepsonville Thomasville Trinity TroyWallburg Welcome Wentworth West End Whitsett Yanceyville Greensboro Angier ApexBahama Benson Broadway Buies Creek Bullock Bunn Butner Carrboro Cary ChapelHill Clayton Coats Creedmoor Four Oaks Franklinton Fuquay Varina GarnerGoldsboro Henderson Holly Springs Hurdle Mills Kenly Kipling KittrellKnightdale Lillington Louisburg Macon Mamers Manson Micro Middleburg MiddlesexMoncure Morrisville New Hill Norlina Oxford Pine Level Princeton RidgewayRolesville Rougemont Roxboro Selma Smithfield Stem Stovall TimberlakeTownsville Vaughan Wake Forest Warrenton Wendell Willow Spring Wilsons MillsWise Youngsville Zebulon Raleigh Durham Rocky Mount Aulander Aurora Bailey BathBattleboro Belhaven Bellarthur Bethel Black Creek Blounts Creek CastaliaChocowinity Como Conetoe Conway Edward Elm City Enfield Engelhard EverettsFairfield Falkland Farmville Fountain Fremont Garysburg Gaston Greenville NCGrimesland Halifax Hamilton Hassell Henrico Hobgood Hollister JacksonJamesville Kelford Lewiston Woodville Littleton Lucama retirement communitiesNC, Macclesfield Margarettsville Milwaukee Murfreesboro Nashville Oak CityPantego Parmele Pendleton Pikeville Pinetops Pinetown Pleasant Hill PotecasiRed Oak Rich Square Roanoke Rapids Robersonville Roxobel Saratoga Scotland NeckScranton Seaboard Severn Sharpsburg Simpson Sims Speed Spring Hope StantonsburgStokes Swanquarter Tarboro Tillery Walstonburg Washington Weldon WhitakersWilliamston Wilson Woodland Elizabeth City Ahoskie Avon Aydlett Barco BelvidereBuxton Camden Cofield Coinjock Colerain Columbia Corapeake Corolla CreswellCurrituck Durants Neck Edenton Eure Frisco Gates Gatesville Grandy HarbingerHarrellsville Hatteras Hertford Hobbsville Jarvisburg Kill Devil Hills KittyHawk Knotts Island Manns Harbor Manteo Maple Merry Hill Moyock Nags HeadOcracoke Plymouth Point Harbor Poplar Branch Powells Point PowellsvilleRodanthe Roduco Roper Salvo Shawboro Shiloh South Mills Stumpy Point 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Wrightsville Beach Kinston Albertson Alliance Arapahoe AtlanticAtlantic Beach Ayden Bayboro Beaufort Beulaville Bridgeton Cedar IslandChinquapin Comfort Cove City Davis Deep Run Dover Ernul Gloucester GrantsboroGrifton Harkers Island Havelock Cherry Point Hobucken Hookerton HubertJacksonville Camp Lejeune Tarawa Terrace Midway Park Mccutcheon Field La GrangeLowland Marshallberg Maury Maysville Merritt Morehead City New Bern NewportOriental Pink Hill Pollocksville NC Richlands Salter Path Sealevel Seven SpringsSmyrna Snow Hill Stacy Stella Stonewall Swansboro Trenton Vanceboro VandemereWilliston Winterville Emerald Isle Hickory Banner Elk Blowing Rock Boomer BooneCatawba Claremont Collettsville Connellys Springs Conover Creston CrossnoreCrumpler Deep Gap Drexel Elkin Elk Park Ennice Ferguson Statesville FleetwoodGlade Valley Glen Alpine Glendale Springs Granite Falls Grassy Creek LenoirHarmony Hays Hiddenite Hildebran Hudson Jefferson Jonas Ridge JonesvilleLansing Laurel Springs 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