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.
Con: Small size, lack of diversity
Best For: Golf aficionados
Cost of Living: 7.1% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $230,156
Top State Income Tax: 7.75%
Crime Rate: 86% lower than national average