Why Raleigh is Considered a Top Place to Retire

Ready to start considering retirement communities and looking for the best new place to call home? In one survey, Raleigh ranked number seven as one of the top places that seniors are moving in 2020.


While North Carolina has long been considered one of the top places to retire, the quality of senior living in Raleigh and the Raleigh cost of living have made it an increasingly popular option over the past couple of years. Easy access to the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t hurt, of course. Here are some of the top reasons why seniors are headed to Raleigh.


Raleigh Cost of Living

While the overall cost of housing in Raleigh might make it lose its luster as a top place to retire, the cost of healthcare is still lower than the national average. As far as retirement communities in Raleigh go, you can find a new home in an over 55 community for active adults for as low as $277k. These types of communities can make senior living in Raleigh even more convenient by offering onsite activities and more opportunities to connect with like-minded neighbors.


Groceries and utilities in Raleigh are just about on par with everywhere else in the United States, but with the benefit that you have access to high-quality medical care.

World-Class Care

Seniors living in Raleigh also have access to the research triangle, which refers to the three research universities in the Raleigh and Durham area: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Considered home to some of the fastest-growing companies and communities in the world, seniors can enjoy more innovative care from tier-one hospitals, all at a lower cost than the national average.


This highly educated workforce also positively impacts the community, Nortin Hadler, an emeritus professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and author of "Rethinking Aging,” told US News, including increased opportunities for seniors to keep their mind active by enrolling in a course or two.


"The result is a concentration of highly educated and productive individuals for whom a world-class cultural mecca has come into being," Hadler said. "The retirement communities take advantage of educational opportunities in retirement and have access to a respected center for the performing arts."


Speaking of entertainment, Raleigh also makes the list of top places to retire thanks to its entertainment opportunities and access to breathtaking scenic views.


Senior Living in Raleigh with a Scenic View

In addition to the Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts and the North Carolina Museum of Art, there are plenty of natural areas where you can sit back and enjoy nature without having to spend a dime of your retirement savings. At Shelley Lake Trail you enjoy quiet scenic views, practice your fishing skills, and explore other trail routes that will take you to different parts of town.


Many people refer to Lassiter Mill Park as a “hidden gem.” Whether that’s because it’s tucked away inside the beltline or because you can still see remnants of an old working mill, it offers both open fields and picnic tables. But what’s truly breathtaking about the spot is the beautiful dam where Crabtree Creek flows through. It’s the perfect way to tune out the rest of the world and check in with your inner thoughts. You’ll also find nearby trails and pathways that are ideal for running, walking, or biking.


Of course, another thing that elevates senior living in Raleigh is the nearby beaches and North Carolina is known for a few. Many people come from all over the world to visit the beaches and towns located on the outer banks of North Carolina. Popular beaches include Topsail, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Emerald Isle, and Atlantic Beach. All just about a two or three-hour drive away.


Retirement communities in Raleigh are just one of the reasons that it makes the top places to retire list. But other things make senior living in Raleigh a pleasure for some—from access to top-quality medical care at a more affordable cost to the beautiful outdoor living. Of course, there are other retirement communities in North Carolina to consider, but Raleigh is worth adding to the list.



Contributed to The 55+ Society by Brittney R. Villalva

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Published 10.15.21

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