55+ Living in Charlotte - Why It’s Perfect for Retirement

Charlotte, NC is a beautiful area to live in, raise a family, and eventually retire. With the beauty of four seasons, plenty of sunshine, rolling hills, and unbelievable golf courses, Charlotte is a Southern commercial hub that mixes the old South with rich Civil War history with the new South and modern city living. Known lovingly as the "Queen City," this growing metropolis is named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of England's King George III and offers exciting opportunities for active adults looking to see all that living in Charlotte has to offer.



Living in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, has just about everything you can ask for, including beautiful weather, modern city life, historical significance, friendly residents, and a fantastic airport. Downtown - known as "Uptown" to the locals, offers unique boutiques and plenty of five-star restaurants for adventurous active adults to try. You'll be charmed by the beautiful old buildings, quaint cobblestone walkways, and Southern hospitality of this city, which was originally founded in 1768.


If you're an active adult who loves the outdoors, be sure to visit Lake Norman State Park with an incredible 1941 acres of nature to explore. The beach and mountains are also close enough for a relaxing day trip or fun overnight excursion with friends and family.



Charlotte Attractions

Charlotte has lots of activities for all ages. Whether you're an active senior in full retirement or still working, you won't be short on entertainment. Here are our top choices of Charlotte attractions perfect for those 55 and over:


  • Tours - Whether you've been living in Charlotte for years or are just moving here, treat yourself and your family to a guided tour. From historical tours and graveyard haunts to comedy tours, there's something for everybody. 


  • Dining - Get ready for some of the most delicious fresh food you've ever tasted. With cuisines ranging the gambit from Southern flair to international delicacies, living in Charlotte has a little bit to offer for everyone. And don't forget downhome barbecue, from ribs to BBQ sandwiches, you'll be in heaven.


  • Museums - If you're a NASCAR fan, you have to check out the NASCAR hall of fame. You'll enjoy three floors packed with history, interactive exhibits, special events, and even simulator rides. Another museum to visit is the Carolinas Aviation Museum and the Sully Sullenberger exhibit.


  • NBA - Sports fans love going to the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte to watch the NBA Hornet's play. Founded in 1988, the Hornets were the first professional sports team in Charlotte, NC. In addition to NBA games, Spectrum is also home to lively college basketball which makes the arena one of the top Charlotte attractions.


With this, and even more fun activities for active adults in Charlotte, there is always something to do.



Charlotte Retirement Communities

There are several reasons Charlotte 55+ communities are great for active adult. Location, climate, and affordability are three of the most obvious answers, but another reason many people choose to retire in Charlotte is the active job market. Just because one spouse is retired doesn’t mean everyone is, and, there are always opportunities for second (or dream) careers. With major employers that are always looking for good employees, Charlotte offers employment opportunities for job seekers of all ages, and, has an especially high concentration of jobs in the financial and health industries.


Living in Charlotte in an active 55+ community also has the advantage of meeting new friends. Picture yourself taking advantage of private-resort amenities, and playing a game of golf, pickleball, or tennis before lunch. Doesn't that sound fun?


If you are looking for some of Charlotte’s top retirement communities, consider a stop to one of Del Webb’s premier active adult communities in the area, like Del Webb Carolina Orchards and explore all the benefits a 55+ community has to offer. With a lifestyle built around fun, luxury amenities and new single-level homes filled with gourmet kitchens and open living perfect for entertaining you will be able to enjoy your retirement in one of the best cities in North Carolina.



Contributed to The 55+ Society by Carol Youmans

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Published 12.1.20

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