Hendersonville : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Hendersonville

If your idea of a great retirement community involves stately Victorian homes with flower-boxes along tree-shaded streets, Hendersonville and the nearby Village of Flat Rock might be the place for you. The city has an exceptionally beautifully and revitalized downtown area with boutiques, antique shops and tourist attractions that will appeal to active adults 55+. Its architecture reflects the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This southern town is located in what is called the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area of western North Carolina. The population was 15,137 (2020 Census), although far more people live in the area. Hendersonville is located in Henderson County.

Hendersonville has much to like as a retirement community. Its economy is strong thanks to tourism and the popularity of North Carolina’s climate and charming atmosphere. There is plenty to do and see. The tourism also provides jobs for active adults who are interested. For more information about retirement communities in North Carolina or towns like Asheville retirement.

Where to Retire in Hendersonville and Home Prices

There are historic neighborhoods on the city's west side and in the northern suburb of Druid Hills. According to Zillow, the median home value was $370,572 in early 2022, up over 25% during the past year.


What Is Special about Hendersonville

The downtown goes on for blocks with plazas, curving streets, and interesting shops and restaurants. All of the stores are occupied and it is lively, making it look like a much bigger town. Apple and Golden Jubilee festivals; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site; Flat Rock Play House; Blue Ridge Parkway; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Pisgah National Forest; Dupont State Forest; The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County; Thomas Wolf's Angel;  Henderson County Curb Market


What Is Not Special about Hendersonville

Not for those looking for an urban environment.  Hendersonville has a high crime rate, most of which is property related.

Who Will Like Retirement in Hendersonville

Active adults will like living in this retirement community because it has beautiful natural surroundings and a vital and historic downtown. There is a strong economic base with ample opportunities for work. People who especially enjoy outdoor living near the mountains or living in a place with a vital downtown will love it here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, recreation

Climate and Physical Environment

Hendersonville is located in western North Carolina and is near both the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is about 25 miles away and Spartanburg is 40 miles to the south. Due to its elevation it is considerably cooler here than in the rest of North Carolina.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The town has a symphony orchestra and concert band. The Flatrock Play House is one of the top 10 seasonal theatres in the country.The community has a number of festivals such as the NC Apple Festival, Music on Main Street, art shows, street dances, and other events through the year. There is also the Arts Center of Henderson County, in addition to several small museums such as the Mineral and Lapidary Museum and the Henderson County Heritage Museum.


The crime rate is above average.

Medical Facilities

The Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hospital is here


Asheville Regional Airport is 10 miles away. Greenville-Spartanburg International is about 35 miles.

Valuable Links

City of Hendersonville

What people are saying about Hendersonville

Hendersonville, NC
We retired to Hendersonville from New Hampshire two years ago. We are very happy here. The community is very friendly and offers everything needed in order to live happily. The downtown is spectacular and offers countless activities throughout the year. Any and all retail and dining offerings are nearby. Medical care is abundant. Public Safety services are first class. The winter is brief. In a lot of ways I feel like this is NH only warmer. Although statistically the crime stats are reported as being high, we have never experienced any criminal activity. We feel just as safe here as we did in NH. This is a good area for anyone who wants to feel welcome and safe. The one downside for me is traveling to Asheville via the Interstate. I-26 seems to be backed every day. If you plan to visit Asheville a lot prepare to learn alternate routes. Other than that, I highly recommend Hendersonville.
Posted by mgolding on February 06, 2019
By all reports a nice town, but what about crime
By all reports that we can find most people are really happy about retiring to and living in Hendersonville. Seems to live up to the hype. But here was a comment from a visitor, and our response - feel free to chime in to the discussion! "I plan a retirement move this coming spring with most interest thus far in Hot Springs Village, AR. After your article, I looked at Hendersonville and thought it merited a “look/see” trip – until I looked up the crime versus population rates. Holy cow! I think I’ll pass. But I enjoyed your article just the same…." and our response: I am always amazed at the surprising crime rates in a lot of small towns, particularly in college towns and often in southern towns. Don't know if who is doing the crime, or what exactly is going on. One thing to look at is the type of crime. Lots of murders, rapes, and assaults not so good. If it is property related (mostly in Hendersonville's case, with the exception of assaults), then high crime rates often happen in the most surprising places. I spent some time looking through City-Data.com's discussion forums on Hendersonville and did not see much if any mention of crime. You might look there to get a better feel.
Posted by topretirementseditor on November 14, 2009

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