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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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Wilkes County, North Carolina?

For those of you that retire in Wilkes County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 30's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Wilkes County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Wilkes County!

Summertime in Wilkes County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 60's. Expect some days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Wilkes County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  26  37  48
 Feb  29  40  52
 Mar  35  47  60
 Apr  43  56  69
 May  52  65  77
 Jun  62  73  84
 Jul  65  76  87
 Aug  64  75  86
 Sep  57  68  80
 Oct  45  58  70
 Nov  36  48  61
 Dec  29  39  50

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  23  0
 Feb  0  19  0
 Mar  0  12  0
 Apr  0  3  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  6  0  0
 Jul  10  0  0
 Aug  7  0  0
 Sep  2  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  11  0
 Dec  0  21  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  9  26 %
 Feb  4 "  9  28 %
 Mar  5 "  10  33 %
 Apr  4 "  10  41 %
 May  4 "  12  53 %
 Jun  4 "  11  62 %
 Jul  5 "  12  66 %
 Aug  5 "  11  65 %
 Sep  4 "  9  59 %
 Oct  4 "  8  47 %
 Nov  4 "  9  37 %
 Dec  4 "  10  29 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  2 "  2  1
 Feb  2 "  2  1
 Mar  1 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  1 "  1  0

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Cost of Living for Wilkes County, NC

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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.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Wilkes County Offer For Retirees?

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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