Retire in Sanford, NC

Livability Score
50
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
28798
Median Househould Income
44391
Median Age
34.2
65 Years and Over
3388
Median Home Value
134900
Unemployed
1782
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

This little gem is soooo amazing!!!! We are a family of 3 and always get the whole chicken, with 2 sides. We love the black beans and rice and also the...

2. Tacos El Primo

The chicken tacos are the best I have ever had in the US or in Mexico for that matter. You just try it and you'll see . Tiny little place with a small menu...

3. Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill

YUM! Best restaurant in the area. The eggs Benedict were DELICIOUS. Service was quick and friendly, food was filling but somehow light, and the price...

4. La Dolce Vita Pizzeria

Two things that almost always cross your mind when you have just had an enjoyable dining experience at a restaurant on your first visit- why haven't I eaten...

5. Stubbs & Son BBQ

Absolutely Amazing!!! Love Carolina BBQ!!! Best Burgers around!!! Make sure you get the Banana Pudding!!! I had the crab cake with slaw and it was delicious!!!

Golf
1. Golf Academy

I wanted to update my Review to rave about this place again. The Staff is so friendly, I only go occasionally but I know everyone by name and they know my...

2. Pinehurst Resort

The stay was remarkable, the service was great. It was a beautiful day in Pinehurst. Ate at 1895 grille. Wow. The live music and relaxing ambiance were...

3. Hillandale Golf Course

My favorite place to golf, period. The staff is friendly, wonderful and professional. Fran, in particular, is the reason I joined the Women's League and...

4. Knights Play Golf Center

Ladies or Knights, day or night. Anyone can play at Knights Play. It's a charming par 3 course with 27 holes, each with 3 tees for advanced, intermediate...

5. Tee To Green

I just had a lesson with Rob and the results are just amazing! I've taken several lessons with other instructors, but none of them instantly dropped my...

Active
1. Aloha Safari Zoo

Great experience. Lots of animals. Very fun. You can get so close the animals and lots of feeding opportunities. Great for kids and adults

2. Jordan Lake Water Sports

Jordan Lake is great, but it can be even better with a few water accessories. Came here with my friends on Summer to enjoy a nice afternoon by the lake, to...

3. Cape Fear River Adventures

Superb! A lot of fun and super relaxing. Would definitely do the tubing again. The cooler tube is a must. It's big so it can fit just about anything on it....

4. Tobacco Road Golf Club

This course is fantastic and very unique. It is like no place you've played before. If you decide to give it a try, play from the tees that are most fitting...

5. Tree of Life Wellness Studio

This is the best studio I've ever been to in a small town. I usually expect them to be slower and less knowledgeable as it's happened so many times. The...

Arts
1. Carolina Trace Country Club Inc

WOW!!! This place is beautiful! I was truly impressed by the size of the club and the hospitality of the staff. I went here for a wedding and was...

2. Temple Theatre

Temple Theatre is the most amazing hidden gem in North Carolina!! It's located on Carthage Street historic downtown Sanford. The building is over 100 years...

3. Spring Lane Stadium 10 - Frank Theatres

I never knew this place existed. For months I've been traveling to Southern Pines to see movies. I am so happy I found this place. Not only is it...

4. Claudia Zamora

Claudia has been my to go tarot reader for almost a year now. Everything she has told me has come to pass so I will continue to rely on her advice whenever...

5. Dreams Cafe & Gourmets

Really liked the atmosphere they were very kind and I like the hole in the wall calm feel.The sandwiches are good too.

Shopping
1. Big Bloomers Flower Farm

I've been to a lot of local nurseries, and the flower selection at Big Bloomers can't be beat. Annuals - These are mostly located in the hot houses to the...

2. Sanford Antique Mall

Love this place, you can get lost in there for hours. GREAT prices and a huge assortment of all kinds of things. Amazing staff who if you ask "do you have...

3. 2nd Glances

So happy to have a store like this in Sanford! So many beautiful items including name brand designers (Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Burch, Chanel, Kate Spade)...

4. Garden Of Eden Specialty Soaps

I ran out of my California organic bug repellent and came here in search of a new replacement. I found Chapstick, organic toner, facial cleanser bar which I...

5. Arden Companies

To be quite honest, I had never heard of Arden Companies before my aunt mentioned this annual sale in Sanford where pillows are dirt cheap. I had my...

Health
1. Sanford Dermatology

Both the friendly, helpful staff (particularly the nurses & PAs) as well as the extremely knowledgeable & personable Dr. Cheeseborough made my experience at...

2. Essential Body Works Massage Therapy

AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! :) I called Nichole on Friday to see if she could squeeze my husband and I in for a couples massage for an early Valentines Day...

3. Carolina Women's Health Center

I absolutely adore Dr. Delaney. She is a kind, caring and very professional gynecologist. She is very attentive to patient's needs and always listens to...

4. Central Carolina Ent-Audiology

I was very impressed with my visit recently. All the staff was super friendly, and they were able to get me in quickly without a referral. Everywhere else I...

5. Kinetic Institute Physical Therapy

I've had Farrah, Megan, and Erica...been going here for months due to an extended ankle injury/reconstructive surgery issue. Everyone is professional,...