Southern Pines : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Southern Pines

Southern Pines is a charming and beautiful town in North Carolina, just east of Pinehurst in the south central portion of the state.  The population is just over 12,000. What makes it so attractive is a bit ironic, since a major railroad line runs down the center of town. But the tracks are landscaped in a wide buffer, and along both sides of town are cute shops and pretty homes.  There are coffee shops, restaurants, and a very good independent bookstore. Radiating off of the main drag are cute side streets with beautiful homes. There is an Amtrak station in the center of town. This is golf and horse country, with a tremendous choice for where to play. Don't miss our short video of downtown Southern Pines (close out the initial box and then scroll down list of videos).

Where to Retire in Southern Pines and Home Prices

You can live in the charming town of Southern Pines and walk to about anything (good walkability). On the other hand there are many active developments in the area, many of them focused on golf.   (See NC Active Community Directory under Find a Community and look under Pinehurst).  The median home value was $411,247 in early 2022, up over 26% during the past year, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Southern Pines

It is a very pretty town with a wonderful downtown that has about everything you need. It is also golf country, with nearby Pinehurst being a shrine to the sport.

What Is Not Special about Southern Pines

NC real estate is fairly pricey. Reported crime in Southern Pines is well above average according to, although the people who live here say it is a very safe place and the crime confined to lower income areas.

Who Will Like Retirement in Southern Pines

People who want a small town experience will like Southern Pines. Also golfers.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, manufacturing, and retirement are local industries.

Climate and Physical Environment

Southern Pines is in Moore County near the south central portion of the state. Aberdeen and Sanford are nearby larger towns. Charlotte is to the west and Fayetteville to the east. The median January low is 30 degrees and the median July high is 90.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several good restaurants in and around town. Nearby Pinehurst is a big resort and offers some great choices for dining. The Southern Pines Public Library is well stocked and supported. There are galleries downtown.


Reported crime is above average, but it seems mostly confined to thefts and burglaries.  Local residents report they feel very safe and are surprised by the reported crime.

Medical Facilities

Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital is in Pinehurst.  Other hospitals are within 25 miles in Fayetteville and Sanford.


There is an Amtrak stop in the center of town. Fayetteville and Charlotte have the biggest nearby airports.

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Town of Southern Pines

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