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What Ocean Isle Beach is like for active adults
Ocean Isle Beach is a small resort town near the southern-most corner of North Carolina. It is near Sunset Beach and Myrtle Beach. The year-round population is under 500, which swells in the season. The area offers one of America's finest restored beaches, plus the intra-coastal.  Photo of fishing pier courtesy of Wikipedia and Pubdog.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are  a number of active adult communities in the area, including nearby Sunset Beach (see link at right). The median selling price in 2013 and 2014 ranged between $200,000 and $250,000 according to

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What is special about this retirement community

Ocean Isle Beach is known as the "Gem of the Brunswick Islands".  The beach offers a fishing pier, public boat launch facility, direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, and beach paths. There is a new $3 million dollar park. The NC Oyster Festival.  Although not too much happens except the beach and golf in Ocean Isle Beach, it is just a short drive to either Wilmington or Myrtle Beach for more excitement.

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What is not special about this retirement community

The town is dead in the winter and crowded in the summer. There is no real downtown.
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What kinds of people like retiring here

People who like the beach and/or living near the Intracoastal. Due to the number of active adult communities, it offers an excellent choice for people looking for that lifestyle. The average age is quite high, almost 59, indicating its popularity as retirement destination for affluent folks.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism and retirement drive the economy.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Ocean Isle Beach has a fairly mild climate winter and summer that is tempered by the presence of the ocean. The average July high temp is 90 and the January average low is 33.  August is the wettest month (7.4").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
As a tourist spot on the beach there are a number of seafood restaurants. Cultural attractions include the Ingram Planetarium and the The Museum of Coastal Carolina.
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Ocean Isle has a high crime rate, with most of the crime being theft, and no violent crime.

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Medical facilities
Nearby towns have hospitals to serve Ocean Isle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach and Wilmington offer nearby airports.
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Valuable Links
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  • State: NC
  • Environment: Coastal,Resort Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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