A website named smartassets.com has named Mount Airy as a top retirement destination.
SmartAsset, which is a financial technology company, analyzed the tax rates, number of recreational centers, number of doctors offices and the number of seniors in cities across the nation.
The company published four top-10 lists for seniors to use when picking the right spot to retire. An overall ranking, a tax burden analysis, a list based on the availability of medical care, and a recreational and social opportunity list.
On the recreational/social list, the city ranks sixth in the state.
Healthcare is often a concern for retirement-aged folks, and Mount Airy has 3 doctors for every 1,000 seniors, according to the study. The study also states that there are 1.2 recreation centers in the city for every 1,000 senior citizens.
With seniors accounting for 21.2 percent of Mount Airy’s population, seniors in Mount Airy have plenty of folks their own age with whom they can mingle. Mount Airy’s overall “recreational and social index” score was 90.88. Hendersonville took the top spot in the state with a score of 97.18.
Those numbers placed Mount Airy as the number six community in the state and 76th in the nation for seniors who are concerned about social and recreational opportunities.
Other cities listed in the study were Southern Pines, Brevard, Forest City, Edenton, Morehead City, Reidsville, Smithfield and Dunn. Though these cities may top the North Carolina list, SmartAssets placed no North Carolina cities in its national rankings for retirement destinations in any category.
Hendersonville, for instance, is ranked by SmartAsset at number 11 in the nation for recreation and social opportunities.
In one area that was analyzed by SmartAssets, North Carolina cities are far from the top of the national list. Raleigh, which garnered the number one rating in the state for its 11.9 percent tax burden, is ranked 2,299th in the nation in that category.
Raliegh’s 11.9 percent tax burden and Mount Airy’s 12.2 percent rate, as computed by SmartAssets, fall far short of the 3.9 percent tax burden in Anchorage, Alaska, which the website lists as number one in that regard.
The study placed Hendersonville as the overall top retirement destination in North Carolina and Stuart, Florida, in the overall top spot in the nation.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 401-4698 or [email protected]