SmartAsset has ranked Southern Pines and Pinehurst as #2 and #4, respectively, on their 2016 list of Best Places to Retire in North Carolina.
SmartAsset is a financial technology company based in New York City that provides online tools and advice regarding personal finances. To compile their list of best places to retire, SmartAsset gathered data on three separate regional factors that affect the quality of life for retirees:
1) State and local tax rates, both income and sales taxes.
2) The number of doctors’ offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per thousand residents in each area.
3) The number of seniors in each area as a percentage of the total population.
Each county and city was ranked using these three factors, and an average ranking was calculated for each area, weighting the three factors equally.
Pinehurst and Southern Pines are consistently praised as ideal retirement communities, being named as best places to retire by Money magazine, Where to Retire magazine, and others. Active retirees are attracted by the golf, temperate climate, exceptional medical services, the multitude of senior care services, and overall quality of life.
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