Surrounded by historical buildings, art galleries, and vast green spaces, retiring active adults can find everything they need in the city of Salisbury. Its affordability as well as great local health care providers and plenty of choices for recreation activities are a big draw for those looking to settle down in a smaller city that has numerous amenities and a close-knit local community.
Climate and Geography
The climate in North Carolina is characterized as humid subtropical. Winter temperatures are mild with temperatures that may fall to the mid 20s, while summer temperatures are hot and humid with temperatures in the mid 80s.
Salisbury is located in the Piedmont region, a plateau that sits between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Coastal Plain, near the Atlantic Seaboard fall line. The city is also near the Delaware River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of Salisbury’s top attractions include the Rowan Museum, Tamarac Marina Dr. Josephus Hall House, New Sarum Brewing, Piedmont Players Theatre, Webb Road Flea Market, Old Stone Winery, and Railwalk Studios Gallery.
The city's parks department also maintains 508 acres of land including 29 properties and parks, swimming pools, and athletic complexes.
Residents can take day trips to Charlotte, just under an hour away, for more fun opportunities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Salisbury is lower than the state and national average. This is primarily due to low housing costs as well as other factors like grocery, health care, utilities, and transportation which are well below average compared to the rest of the U.S.
The effective income tax rate in North Carolina is 5.49 percent for single filers and joint filers, and Social Security benefits are not taxed. Other retirement income may qualify for the “Bailey Exemption”.
Homeowners who are 65+ may qualify for property tax relief programs including the state’s Circuit breaker Tax Deferment program and the Elderly or Disabled Exclusion.
Salisbury residents may receive health care services from Peninsula Regional Medical Center, a high performing hospital with specializations in various procedures and conditions. Other local hospitals include Deer’s Head Hospital Center, HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, and Atlantic General Hospital.