Matthews : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Matthews

Matthews is a fast growing town on the border of South Carolina in the central portion of the state.  In 2020 the population was 29,435 - up about 50% from the 2000 census.  It is close to Charlotte so some people commute from here, although there is a considerable amount of industry.  Hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational facilities and a hospital are in town. The National Register of Historic Places listed 10 downtown buildings in Matthews, a remarkably intact, collection of structures dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Photo of Matthews Town Hall and library courtesy of Wikipedia and PLCMC, photo of Matthews Medical Center courtesy of Wikipedia and Novant Health, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Matthews and Home Prices

There are many neighborhoods and developments.  There are several active adult communities in Matthews. According to, the median home value was $467,373 in mid-2022.


What Is Special about Matthews

It is a fast growing town that people really like to live in.  The area is pretty with a moderate climate and a strong economy. Crime rate is low.

What Is Not Special about Matthews

It has many people with conservative religious values which might not appeal to some people.

Who Will Like Retirement in Matthews

People who want to live in the Charlotte area but in a much quieter and lower scale will enjoy Matthews.  Religious people will also feel very comfortable here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Healthcare, Banking, and Retail distribution are the primary industries in the Matthews area. Large distribution facility for Family Dollar, a hospital and several medical compounds along with branch offices for several banks probably account for most of the local jobs.

Climate and Physical Environment

Climate is mild but there are definitely 4 seasons. Median Winter temp is around 30o and median Summer temp is around 88-90o.  People in Matthews love to landscape.  Lots of old growth, expansive trees, flowering shrubs, make for a lush environment.  Extensive greenway and park system provide walking/biking trails.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a library in the new town hall. The Matthews Alive Festival is a Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement. ArtFest comes along in October. The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts has an active schedule along with classes. The Levine Senior Center offers an extensive program for members. There is a diverse assortment of restaurants within a 5 mile radius of the historic district.  A local Farmers Market is open every Saturday.



Crime rate is about 25% below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Local branch hospital.  Two major hospitals within 15 miles.



Free Park n Ride gives locals access to the extensive Charlotte area bus system


Valuable Links

Matthews Chamber of Commerce


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