Elkin : North carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Elkin

Elkin is a small town of less than 5,000 people in northwestern North Carolina. It offers a lovely historic downtown district,a river view, wine Festival. Elkin is a small town with fantastic cost of living benefits,as well as extensive health care facilities. Elkin is about 45 miles from Winston-Salem, the nearest city.

Where to Retire in Elkin and Home Prices

Median home prices in Q2 of 2012 according to City-Data were just at $80,000 (City-Data.com).


What is special about Elkin

Elkin sits in the middle of  NW North Carolina's wine country and the Yadkin Valley appellation.  Some say it will become the Napa Valley of the East Coast.  Over 25 wineries can be visited from downtown Elkin within 20 minutes - and that number is growing.  Elkin is often compared to nearby Mount Airy,  or "Mayberry" (of the Andy Griffith TV show).  Elkin is a friendly, small town. 

What is not special about Elkin

Elkin's main draw is the small size of the community and peaceful lifestyle, some residents may desire a bit more action, but Winston Salem is only 30 minutes away for more entertainment choices

Who will like retirement in Elkin

People looking for a quiet, small town to retire in will find Elkin to offer great value for the money. The town has a vibrant downtown community with plenty of events in the summer, and the regions best wine festival.  The hospital is the largest employer and draws a diverse resident base to mix with long-time locals.

Local economy is driven by

Elkin was formerly a mill town;  now a large regional hospital and bank, as well as smaller medical related industries are some of the primary employers. 

Climate and Physical Environment

Elkin is tucked in the northwest corner of North Carolina. Settlers were originally attracted here because of the confluence of Big Elkin Creek and Yadkin River running directly through a historic downtown area and park.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Reeves Theater restoration project will provide a performing arts center and cinema. The Tribune is a local newspaper published 3 times a week.  At one time Elkin was a large "cruising" center but police put a stop to that.


The crime rate is high, particularly for a small town.

Medical facilities

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is in Elkin. Additional hospitals are in other towns within 20 miles


Elkin has a small private and leasure aircraft airport.  The nearest big airports with commercial service are in Greensboro or Charlotte, approximately 1 hour away.

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Facts about ELKIN
  • State: NC
  • Environment: Mountain,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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