Pinehurst, North Carolina – Retirement Guide

Pinehurst, North Carolina   Retirement Guide

Golf enthusiasts can tee off in Pinehurst as often as they choose, with a variety of the world’s best greens at their fingertips. Indeed, a whopping 47 golf courses are found here, including the 8 championship courses at the Pinehurst Resort. Still, the resort’s courses can come at a steep price, with membership prices soaring as high as $40,000.

Despite the occasional outrageous greens fees, Pinehurst is generally an affordable locale, with a cost of living 7 percent below the national average. The town’s median home price is $230,156. Pinehurst experiences 4 distinct seasons, though temperatures are typically mild. The town lies far enough inland that it is rarely threatened by the occasional hurricanes known to strike the North Carolina coast.

While golf is undoubtedly the most popular pastime here, the town also offers a well-stocked library, many restaurants (a number of which can be found at the resort), and a community college where retirees may take continuing education classes. While the village is storybook charming in appearance, the town’s small size (less than 15,000 residents) and lack of diversity may be stifling for some retirees.

Pros: World-class, championship golf courses
Con: Small size, lack of diversity

At a Glance
Best For: Golf aficionados
Population: 14,861
Cost of Living: 7.1% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $230,156
Unemployment: 8.6%
Top State Income Tax: 7.75%
Crime Rate: 86% lower than national average

Top Retirement Cities in North Carolina:  Asheville | Chapel Hill | New Bern | Pinehurst | Winston-Salem

Photo by Dan Perry via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.