Eight Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas

From picturesque beach towns to cozy mountain communities, North Carolina and South Carolina offer retirees plenty of incentives.

The Great Craggy Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, USA with Catawba Rhododendron during a spring season sunset..
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I left New York State in early 2013 and landed in northern Virginia to continue my career. While searching for the best places to retire, I considered the Carolinas as a possible tax-light retirement destination before settling in a new home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. However, increasingly more friends are opting for the Carolinas as they edge near to or into retirement.

Indeed, North Carolina and South Carolina rank high on the list of potential new retirement homes for boomers like me. Both states are in the top five for net migration of people 60 and older, according to Smart Asset. North Carolina was ranked No. 5 and South Carolina No. 3, behind Florida (No. 1) and Arizona (No. 2). 

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Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at Kiplinger.com for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.


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