Granite Falls : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Granite Falls

Granite Falls is a very small town of about 4600 people in the west central foothills of North Carolina. Hickory is the largest nearby town, along with Lenoir. The elevation is about 1100' above sea level. The area is rural and hilly - popular with vacationers and retirees.  The climate is a bit milder than in the rest of North Carolina.  This part of western North Carolina, which includes the retirement magnets of Asheville and Charlotte, has become extremely popular for retirees and developers of active adult communities. Charlotte is 53 miles away, Asheville is a bit further to the west.

Granite Falls has had its ups and downs. There is not much in the way of local shopping or restaurants. Wal-Mart has a very large store in town. Lakeside Park along Lake Rhodhiss will soon provide a major recreational outlet for the town.  There is boating and golf nearby.

Where to Retire in Granite Falls and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value in Granite Falls was $154,000 in 2020.

What Is Special about Granite Falls

Opportunity to live a great lifestyle at a relative bargain.  Proximity to mountains and recreation. Several active adult communities to choose from (see link at top right).

What Is Not Special about Granite Falls

Small town life, distance from big city

Who Will Like Retirement in Granite Falls

The happiest retirees in Granite Falls are those who either chose an active adult community and make that the center of their life, or they like living in a very small town in a more remote part of the state.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism is a big part of the economy, and so is retirement.

Climate and Physical Environment

Granite Falls is just over 50 miles from Charlotte near the southwestern corner of the state. Hickory is the nearest big town. Asheville is to the west.  There are hills and reservoirs in the area.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For major culture one will have to go to Hickory, Charlotte, or Asheville. But the Caldwell Arts Council and Foothills Performing Arts are a local resource. 


Crime rate is slightly above average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Hickory, about 10 miles


Charlotte Airport is about 54 miles. Granite Falls is just a few miles north of I 40.

Valuable Links

North Carolina retirement communities and guide


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