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Area Description

While it’s impossible to accurately rank all of Moore County’s incredible assets, its location has to be near the top of the list. Located on the eastern seaboard, halfway between New York and Miami, Moore County sits just south of one the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States—Raleigh-Durham, NC. This location offers residents and businesses the best of both urban access and rural living. Here you’ve got room to spread your wings without being trapped inside the headaches and hassles of fast-growing cities, but there’s incredibly easy access to all the amenities when you need them. Imagine living on a sprawling horse farm or a multi-acre lakefront property, while being just an hour from world-class research universities, an international airport, bustling downtowns and dynamic business parks filled with some of the worlds most innovative companies.

But that’s not even the half of it. Added to everything else is the fact that Moore County is halfway between the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, and the pristine shorelines of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding are just as easy as surfing, sailing, or deep-sea fishing. But don’t think for a second that outdoor enthusiast have to travel to enjoy the wonders of nature. That’s not even close to true. Residents enjoy strolling through Weymouth Woods, boating and wakeboarding on any number of local lakes, hunting, fishing, and let’s not forget the golf! With the Pinehurst Resort and dozens of other world-class courses in close reach, Moore County is truly the home of American golf.

Includes Cities/Towns: Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Moore County’s sandy soil has long been a powerful draw for horse enthusiasts. From steeplechases to dressage, there are all kinds of events to keep spectators busy. And for those not content to let others have all the fun, there are plenty of places to get out and gallop. A few of our larger attractions include the McLendon Hills Equestrian Center, and the 4,000-acre Walthour-Moss Foundation land preserve.

As the Home of American golf, you should expect Moore County to offer access to some incredible courses—and that’s definitely the case. Having hosted several US Open Golf Championships, most anyone with a set of clubs knows we’re home to the world-famous Pinehurst Resort with eight outstanding options for all skill levels. But in addition, Moore County has 30 other incredible courses that keep residents guessing and visitors coming back.

With a name like the Sandhills, you might not expect to find many lakes, maybe not even any lakes. But as with many things, Moore County is a bit unexpected. For water lovers like fisherman, kayakers, wake boarders and sunbathers, there are dozens of lakes with an incredible range of shapes and sizes. Not all allow powerboats, but that’s actually a really good thing!

Cultural Activities

From visual and performing arts to theater and film, our area boasts a thriving arts community. The Arts Council of Moore County organizes events ranging from art galleries to musicals to jazz concerts by world-renowned musicians. Film connoisseurs frequent the Sunrise Theater, which showcases independent films. And for the musically inclined, check out the The Carolina Philharmonic, a local symphonic orchestra with a wide stylistic range that includes favorites like Bach and Beethoven. The Carolina Philharmonic is also a Carnegie Hall Link Up partner in bringing music education to 3-5th grade students. Multiple venues for live music provide evenings for music lovers of all types - bluegrass, jazz, folk, you name it from listening rooms to large auditoriums.

Public transportation

Amtrak station located in Southern Pines.

Medical Facilities

The healthcare industry in Moore County is not only big — it’s the area’s largest employer— it also rates incredibly well for quality of care. A primary reason for such a dynamic healthcare infrastructure is the region’s affluent retiree population. But retirees alone aren’t enough to draw top-notch physicians to a community, and have them stay. Quality of life and access to first-class educational opportunities play a major role in the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.
FirstHealth is the Carolinas regional system serving 15 counties in North and South Carolina that includes four hospitals with a total of 661 beds. With the system, Moore Regional Hospital is the flagship institution. Located in Pinehurst, Moore Regional is home to 395 beds and offers access to a full range of advanced healthcare services.

To learn more, visit FirstHealth of the Carolinas – Moore Regional Hospital


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  30.9  40.3  49.7  4.6 "  1.4 "
 Feb  33.1  43.6  54.1  3.6 "  0.6 "
 Mar  40.3  51.5  62.7  4.6 "  0.2 "
 Apr  48.3  60.2  72.1  3.2 "  0.0 "
 May  57.0  68.0  79.0  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Jun  65.1  75.5  85.9  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Jul  69.3  79.3  89.2  5.1 "  0.0 "
 Aug  67.9  77.7  87.4  4.4 "  0.0 "
 Sep  62.0  72.0  82.1  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Oct  49.7  60.9  72.0  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Nov  41.8  52.1  62.4  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Dec  33.9  43.4  52.9  3.3 "  0.2 "

Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's.

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Cost of Living for Moore County, NC

Moore County, North Carolina cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Moore County, NC

Moore County, North Carolina offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

So the question becomes; what means so much to you that you’re willing to give freely of your time, energy and expertise?

A few organizations that you might consider include:

FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative

Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care

The First Tee of the Sandhills

Given Memorial Library / Tufts Archives

Keep Moore County Beautiful

Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities

Southern Pines Rotary Club

Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills

Carolina Horse Park Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills

Communities in Schools of Moore County

The Arc of Moore County

Art Council of Moore County

Sandhills Food Bank

Moore County Literacy Council

Moore Philharmonic Orchestra

Public Education Foundation of Moore County

Junior League of Moore County

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