Best Retirement City - Beaufort

See why many believe that Beaufort is the best city to retire

For those who love old world charm, there is much to be enjoyed in Beaufort, NC. Located in the sunny Outer Banks, Beaufort was established in 1709, and has its fair share of pirate history. In 1718, Blackbeard the pirate ran aground near Beaufort Inlet in his ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge. Present day, Beaufort has a charming downtown, with shops, restaurants, and easy access to local ferry tours. Although the area tends to fill up with tourists during the busy summer season, local residents have their own hangouts to avoid the crowds. For friends and family who want to visit you in your beachside paradise, New Bern regional airport is under an hour's drive away.

City Highlights

  1. Historical charm
  2. Boaters paradise
  3. Quaint downtown area
  4. Mild winters

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Crowded during the summer season
  2. Hurricane risk

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 47,179

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Raleigh, NC

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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