Senior Lifestyles and Retirement in Southport/Oak Island/Bald Head, NC

Recent population growth in Southport, NC has been predominantly seniors who have retired to the area because of its beauty, its quiet lifestyle and its activities geared to seniors. There are no retirement homes in Southport, NC and most seniors here enjoy independent living. You will find a couple of assisted living facilities and a senior center where activities involving learning and fun are available.

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The Early Years

With a mild climate, beautiful beaches, an active arts community and abundant recreational opportunities, Southport, NC is attracting younger retirees to its sunny shores in ever-increasing numbers.

Naturally, the temperate climate of the area entices people from the North who are tired of frigid winters, snow, ice, potholes and gray skies. Winter, such as it is here, is moderated considerably by the warming effect of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. The average summer high temperature is 88 degrees, the average winter low is 36 degrees and the overall average for the year is 64 degrees.

Active retirees will find no shortage of outdoor pursuits to enjoy in the Southport, NC area. With the Intracoastal Waterway, rivers, sounds and Atlantic Ocean beaches, water figures highly into the lifestyle of the southern coast. Golf is also very popular here, especially in Brunswick County; see our Golf section for listings. For those who enjoy being in, on or around the water, the Southport, NC area offers water-oriented activities such as boating, sailing, fishing, paddling and surfing. Details can be found in our Marinas, Fishing and Watersports sections. Our Sports, Fitness and Parks information features the many other activities people enjoy in the area, including softball, cycling, racquetball, martial arts, yoga and much more.

For those interested in gardening in their retirement years, the Southport, NC area is in USDA growing zone 8, averages 248 or more growing days per year and has an annual rainfall of 54 inches. The heaviest rainfall months are June, July and August, and more often than not, it rains at night and is sunny during the day. Several varieties of flowers bloom all winter, and numerous shrubs and trees retain their foliage all year.

No matter where retirees choose to live, the cultural offerings are never too far away. There is a theatrical community much bigger than one would expect of an area this size and performing arts series in a host of fabulous venues. A rich collection of artists are drawn to Southport, NC. See our Arts and Annual Events sections for more information.

When the grandkids come to visit, there are abundant activities to entertain them (see Kidstuff ), and those who want to volunteer will find a wealth of opportunities (see our Volunteer Opportunities).

For those ready to enjoy the good life, the region offers a broad range of dining options (see Restaurants) and the shopping possibilities are seemingly endless, from national chains of every sort to unique boutiques to antiques shops to souvenir shops (see Shopping).

Another aspect of the Southport, NC area that makes it attractive to retirees is a considerably expanded healthcare system that is increasingly focused on the needs of seniors. Healthcare in Southport, NC includes a major hospital offering state-of-the-art care, private physicians practicing the full range of specialties, urgent care centers, complementary care practitioners and alternative healthcare practitioners. See our Healthcare section.

The Later Years

When it comes time to slow down, seniors do not have to leave the Southport, NC area. There is a number of facilities to support seniors as they age and are in need of more care.

The area offers outstanding medical facilities and services that are increasingly geared toward the aging population (see our Healthcare section).

As people age, their living and care needs sometimes change. Accredited independent and assisted living communities and home-care services are found throughout the area, and we feature some of them in this section.

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