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Old 07-30-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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Looking for advice on most affordable and generally safe areas. I am disabled so work is less of an issue than cost of living. I have been looking in Rocky mount, Raleigh, Edenton, etc. Am willing to look as far south as Jacksonville and maybe 100 miles inland. I know that is a big range but I really am wide open. I have had a rough few years and need a change. Any info greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:19 AM
 
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Raleigh is more than 100 miles inland. Rocky mount is not a desirable place to live. Edenton is tiny and very isolated.

What kind of place do you want to live in? Larger city? Small town? What amenities are important? Is health care an issue? What is your budget for housing?
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I have been looking in Rocky mount, Raleigh, Edenton, etc. Am willing to look as far south as Jacksonville and maybe 100 miles inland. I know that is a big range but I really am wide open.
Jacksonville is generally safe, and there are many mobile homes for rent. I would recommend surrounding towns like Maysville, Beulaville and Richlands.

As others have said, avoid Rocky Mount. I would also avoid Ahoskie and Kinston. Generally, if the rent is too cheap, you should worry about safety.
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Looking for advice on most affordable and generally safe areas.<>
Before my company moved to Raleigh, I was considering retiring to the Northeast Coast of North Carolina.
Because I had lived in Charleston SC, I was concerned with storm surge, which had reached 18 feet during Hugo. Washington, NC has some high ground and seems to be a nice place.
All along the coast from Norfolk down to Wilmington is nice. You probably should not look to the Outer Banks if medical issues are a concern - it's hours to hospitals and expensive as it's set up for tourists.
Rural areas away from the coast are less expensive.
Use a real estate site to search for a home you like. I prefer the Z site, but realtor.com is popular here.
More developed locales are Wilmington, Swansboro, Morehead City, and on up to Edenton.
Good luck with your search.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Northeastern NC has a lot of poverty. There are some cute towns, but not much work outside of tourism and a little bit of agriculture. I would stick to a bigger town if you're disabled since you may need medical care. Greenville has a med school at ECU and generally pretty good medical care, but not a super high COL. Might be worth a look.

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You probably should not look to the Outer Banks if medical issues are a concern - it's hours to hospitals and expensive as it's set up for tourists.
FWIW, there is a small hospital on the OBX called the Outer Banks Hospital, but for anything major you'd need to go elsewhere maybe to Greenville or Raleigh.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Old 08-23-2018, 06:45 PM
 
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Smile Edenton

I don't know whether you have already relocated, but I thought I'd weigh in because I am also on disability and had to decide where to move. I was a corporate executive for many years in Connecticut, and staying there with the high cost of living was untenable. Thus, I moved to Edenton, NC last spring.

I am thrilled with my decision. The people here are incredibly friendly. The town has a gorgeous historic district that the community has preserved perfectly. I love water, and it's everywhere you look. There are many churches and organizations that welcome newcomers with open arms. There are several good restaurants that are bolstered by tourism, a couple of which feature live music. "Downtown" is a walkable street with thriving local businesses and boutiques. Health care is better than expected: Edenton has a small hospital, and there are numerous family practitioners. I do have to visit Greenville for most specialists, but it's an easy 1 hr 15 min drive down Route 17.

Edenton isn't a hotspot of activity, but it is the ideal place for me. I hope you find yours too.
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