If you would like to live near a larger city with lots of amenities, you might want to retire in Harrisburg North Carolina. Located just 21 miles from Charlotte in the Piedmont Foothills, Harrisburg is ideally located near a big airport (21 miles away) and everything you’d want in the way of shopping, cultural events, history, and recreation close by, but not in your face.
The area was first settled by Scots-Irish in the mid 1700’s and many of their descendants still live in the area. The town is actively restoring historical buildings to preserve their glory. The whole community is involved in rebuilding foundations, upgrading electrical and plumbing services and painting the store and post office and an old mill.
From the Queen City’s NASCAR Hall of Fame to the nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harrisburg lies within NASCAR country. For dozens of racing teams – even those in racing circuits other than NASCAR – this region is the place they call “home.” If you are seeking to explore the world of racing, start your venture in Harrisburg at Wood Brothers Racing, U.S. Legends Cars International or Fast Track High Performance Driving School then check out other shops and businesses in the surrounding area, including the zMAX Dragway in Concord and the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville. When the grandkids visit there is a Great Wolf Lodge, The Carolina Raptor Center, a Bank of America Stadium (home to the Carolina Panthers), the Time Warner Cable Arena (home to the Charlotte Bobcats and the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers). There is also baseball and basketball nearby. There are a number of colleges in the neighborhood and hospitals galore. Harrisburg has a Children’s Theatre, a Community Theatre, the Cabarrus Arts Council, art museums and a historic arts district.
Harrisburg is home to 11,500 people and 9.2% are over 65. The median price of an owner occupied home is $220,000, which is quite high for North Carolina, but modest compared to the rest of the country. Of those over 25 years, 38% have a bachelors degree or higher. The crime rate is just .61 per 1000 while the rest of NC is 3.53 – making Harrisburg one of the safest towns in the state. The average low temperature in January is 28 degrees and the high in June is 91. But…six months of the year, the temperature ranges between 64 and 80!
Photo by Rocky River Golf Club