Retire in Raleigh

Best Retirement City - Raleigh

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

Raleigh, North Carolina is a great city for retirees who still want to be out and about. The city has excellent cultural offerings and a great food scene, all while retaining the Southern charm and laid back attitude that makes the South so appealing. For those passionate about the sport, with it's 20+ courses, Raleigh also made's list of 50 best golf cities. All of this combined with mild winters and a low cost of living makes for an excellent choice for retirees. Raleigh is divided into a variety of unique neighborhoods. Just east of downtown lies Oakwood, a historic district featuring beautiful Victorian homes dating back to the 19th century. To the northwest of the Raleigh, the suburban community of Brier Creek has a very different feel, with most homes and townhomes built within the last 20 years. The Stonehenge area is also newer and a great choice for retirees, with a variety of top retirement communities within the immediate area. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Raleigh.

City Highlights

  1. Very strong cultural offerings
  2. Excellent restaurant scene
  3. Top golf city
  4. Mild winters
  5. Low cost of living

Potential Drawbacks

  1. At least several hours from beach or skiing

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 54,448

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:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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