Charlotte has been thriving, with its population nearly doubling over the past 20 years, and it recently made Forbes’ list of The Best Places to Retire in 2019. This vibrant, diverse city attracts people of all ages, but is particularly appealing to the 55+ crowd because of its mild climate, affordability, and abundant amenities. And with more than twenty 55+ retirement communities in Charlotte, retirees have plenty of choices when it comes to living options.
Read on to discover 4 reasons you should consider the Queen City for your retirement destination.
Lot of Things to Do for Active Seniors
Active senior living is all about finding out what you want to do in retirement, and Charlotte has plenty to offer.
For the arts and culture enthusiasts Charlotte hosts numerous museums, galleries, and theatres. Curious 55+ adults can visit the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which houses works of artists like Picasso and Miro or catch a Broadway show at the Belk Theater.
Avid sports fans will enjoy attending games and cheering on the hometown teams, like the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Charlotte Hornets (NBA). Not into football or basketball? Charlotte has several other major and minor league teams in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and hockey, and the PGA Tour stops in once a year for the Wells Fargo Championship.
For active seniors who enjoy spending time outside, Charlotte offers numerous parks, trails and hiking nearby. Inside more your style? Those not as fond of spending time in nature will be excited by the unique shops and fine dining establishments.
Though there’s plenty to do in Charlotte, if you need to get away for a vacation or to visit the grandkids, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport is close by and offers flights to more than 150 destinations.
Even if you’re a healthy active senior, access to quality healthcare is incredibly important, especially as you age. Charlotte’s physicians per capita is higher than the U.S. average and the city is filled with care facilities, meaning you won’t have to worry about receiving prompt service and attention to your medical needs. It’s also home to two nationally ranked hospital systems: Carolinas HealthCare Systems and Novant Health.
Charlotte's Mild Climate
No one wants to spend their enjoyment time stuck inside! Charlotte averages more than 200 days of sunshine every year which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities like golf and pickleball or venture out to explore the city. While summers can be hot and humid, winters are rather mild with typically little snowfall. Spring and fall are the seasons Charlotte really shines, with cool temperatures beckoning residents to spend time outside enjoying outdoor patios.
Charlotte's Cost of Living and Affordability
According to Forbes, Charlotte’s cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, but the median home price is 10% lower than average. Meaning new homes in Charlotte can be affordable, even on a fixed income. In addition, North Carolina exempts Social Security benefits from income taxes, allowing older residents to stretch their money further.
Charlotte really is a great place for active 55+ adults to explore, relax and enjoy the next adventure in life. If you can envision yourself calling Charlotte home, discover Del Webb’s homes and communities in the area here.
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