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What it's Like to Retire in Oriental

Oriental is a very small harbor town located on the Neuse River within the inner banks of North Carolina.  It is named after the Sailing Steamer Oriental, built in Philadelphia in 1861, but unfortunately, was wrecked just a year later.  The town, considered the "Sailing Capital of North Carolina", has a population of about 900 (2013 census), with a median age of 60. It sits midpoint on the Intracoastal Waterway, making it a popular destination for hundreds of boaters as they travel up and down the coast between their summer and winter homes. Oriental has a town dock and marina, seafood companies and fishing charters, but it is also home to photographers, artists, and galleries.  The popular television show Dawson's Creek was written by Kevin Williamson, a native of Oriental, and much of the show was filmed here.


Where to Retire in Oriental and Home Prices

Because the town is so small it is hard to pinpoint a median selling price, but it was a little over $200,000 in early 2015.


What is special about Oriental

Oriental is a scenic waterfront town full of marinas and sailboats, along with art galleries, restaurants and shops.


What is not special about Oriental

If you aren't an outdoor person you wouldn't find much to do here.  Oriental is a little isolated, the nearest hospital is in New Bern about 30 miles away, there is no town library, and it's far from a major city (140 miles to Raleigh). 


Who will like retirement in Oriental

Those who own a boat, enjoy the water, fishing, seafood, photography and artwork would like retiring here.


Local economy is driven by

Fishing, Agriculture, and tourism drive the economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 47 degrees, with July's average 78 degrees. The annual rainfall is 56.4 inches.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Oriental is all about the water, with many regattas, boat races, and fishing tournaments, but it also hosts several festivals and events throught the different seasons.  The Croaker Festival held during July, is an art and vendor event, the Celebration of the Arts is held in September, and the popular Spirit of Chirstmas is celebrated in December.  The Oriental History Musuem offers displays of the town's early years, and has joined with the Oriental Tourism Board to develop a 1.2 mile walking tour of over 30 sites. There are also several restaurants in town and a farmer's market.



The Crime rate in Oriental is low.


Medical facilities

 Medical facilities are in New Bern, about 30 miles away.



There is a regional airport in New Bern but the nearest international airport is in Raleigh, about 150 miles away.


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Facts about ORIENTAL
  • State: NC
  • Environment: Rural,Coastal,Small Town,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,Farming or Agricultural,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: River Run ONC

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