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A good place to retire

Turns out that Florida doesn’t have a monopoly on the retirement game.

In a new list of the 25 healthiest places in the country to retire, four of the places are right here in the Tar Heel State, according to a financial news and opinion website called 24/7 Wall St.

The counties of Henderson, Brunswick, Transylvania (vampires don’t age) and Chatham County were ranked 14th, 19th, 24th and 25th, respectively.

San Juan County, Washington, topped the list.

The rankings were based, in part, on a locale’s 65-plus population, average retirement income, number of primary care physicians and the availability of physical activity options, such as parks and hiking trails.

In Henderson, the state’s highest ranking county, only 9.9 percent of adults have diabetes, and that’s a good thing, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Not only that, but 70 percent of Henderson women aged 65 to 67 got a mammogram in the past two years, which is better than the national corresponding share of 63 percent.

Our Palmetto-loving neighbors to the south made a single appearance on the list. The South Carolina county of Beaufort, which includes Hilton Head, ranked an impressive second-best in the U.S.

It’s hard to compete with an area that boasts 40 championship golf courses and 74 percent of its female Medicare enrollees ages 65 to 67 are up to date on their biennial mammogram.


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