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Retirement Living in Wilkes County - North Carolina

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Area Description

Friendly people, mountain views, rich history, outdoor recreation, and charming downtowns welcome those looking to live or retire in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina. Located only a short drive to Winston-Salem and Charlotte, the Wilkesboros are accessible with a major highway access leading to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

ith nearly 70,000 residents living in the county, the area offers relaxation, lush forests, crisp mountain air, and beautiful natural resources. Designated as MainStreet towns, North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro are in the midst of revitalization of buildings and streets. New shops are being created from old warehouses and downtowns feature museums, art galleries, library, varied restaurants, distilleries, and unique shops. Being one of the largest NC counties in land mass, Wilkes has tracts of land featuring streams and mountain views.

Independent, home health, assisted and skilled care living available throughout the area. Home to major employers that include Tyson Foods, Lowes' Companies, Window World, Gardner Glass and a multiple of additional manufacturers and small businesses. Broadband internet available throughout the county.

Includes Cities/Towns: Boomer, Deep Gap, Ferguson, Hays, Mc Grady, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mount Pleasant, North Wilkesboro, Pleasant Hill, Purlear, Roaring River, Ronda, State Road, Thurmond, Traphill, Wilkesboro.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Visitors and residents can enjoy a variety of activities: shopping for unique handmade products, antiques, and original art. Dark sky observatory, agriculture fairs, outdoor drama, playhouses, museums, galleries, equestrian resorts, miles of hiking, biking, and greenway trails. Fishing, hunting, water recreation, camping, and bird watching. State parks, vineyards, outdoor concerts, and street dances. Vintage cars, racing cars, and 5K runs. Senior Center featuring activities and travel opportunities. YMCA, fitness centers, outdoor pools, golf courses and 1500 acre lake.

Cultural Activities

Outdoor festivals, concerts, dramas, and open air markets. Performing art centers, concerts and wine-tastings at local vineyards/wineries, Seniors on Stage, Walker Center music series, MerleFest -a four day outdoor festival. Movie theaters and library programs.

Public transportation

Wilkes Transportation, a public transportation service, offers low cost to passengers and accommodates individuals with mobility impairments. The services are available for in town and out of town transport. Carolina Mobility, a van and limo business, also offers transportation services. Rate are comparable. Local taxi and car rental services are available.

Medical Facilities

Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center is a 130 bed facility that includes a 10 bed skilled nursing unit. The hospital has amenities that include a wound care center, heart center and a recently renovated emergency room facility. Multiple specialists, dental care, adult daycare and respite services, independent, assisted and skilled care facilities as well in-home care agencies.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  25.2  36.7  48.2  4.0 "  2.2 "
 Feb  28.2  40.1  52.1  3.8 "  2.0 "
 Mar  34.5  47.3  60.1  4.5 "  0.8 "
 Apr  42.6  56.2  69.7  4.0 "  0.1 "
 May  51.7  64.4  77.1  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Jun  61.6  73.2  84.8  4.4 "  0.0 "
 Jul  65.3  76.3  87.4  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Aug  63.8  75.1  86.3  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Sep  56.2  68.0  79.8  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Oct  44.2  57.4  70.6  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Nov  35.3  48.2  61.1  3.5 "  0.1 "
 Dec  27.8  39.2  50.6  3.8 "  1.0 "

Four seasons. Mild winters, little snow. Springs with 60 to 70 degree weather. Summers averaging 85 to 90 degree temperatures, and beautiful falls with lots of color.

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Cost of Living for Wilkes County, NC

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

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Senior Housing Options

A variety of housing opportunities from condo, townhouses, small ranch homes, mid-size 3/4 bedroom, and large multiple room estates. Developments or rural living. Gated areas, golf course homes, and beautiful mountain cabins. Farms and multi-acreage vineyards and orchards. Lake or river front homes and home sites.

Senior Assistance in Wilkes County, NC

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

Senior Center, adult day care, respite, in-home healthcare nurses and CNAs, assisted living, skilled care, Holistic medical clinic, and pharmacy delivery.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Center volunteers, art gallery and museum assistance, library, Senior Center, United Way agencies, Walker Performing Arts Center and MerleFest volunteers, civic groups, theater groups, Seniors on Stage, public school involvement, churches, student mentors, etc.

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