Rocky Mount Named to Top Five Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina

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The experts at Home Snacks have released the 2019 rankings of Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. Continuing their climb up the list, Rocky Mount is named number five out of nearly 60 municipalities in North Carolina.

How Does Rocky Mount make the Top 5 Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina?

NC Wesleyan College (located next to BLP) offers educational programs specifically aimed at retirement aged Rocky Mount residents.

Much as we explained in our previous article, Home Snacks pointed to the location of Rocky Mount in discussing the inclusion to the Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. Likewise, the growth of arts and culture in Rocky Mount i noted as well. Rich city history and overall comfort for retirees are other reasons for the high ranking.

Kolmar concluded, “You will be happy to make the transition because it seems that just about everyone in Rocky Mount is in a great mood all the time.”

Top Areas of Scoring that Placed Rocky Mount #5 among Best Cities to Retire in NC

  • Amenities
  • Location/Commute
  • Diversity
  • Affordability
  • Housing

Retiring in Rocky Mount is Retiring at Belmont Lake Preserve with Great Amenities, Location, and Affordability

The serenity and beautiful scenery at Rocky Mount’s Belmont Lake Preserve is exemplified by its peaceful 80-acre lake.

Similarly to our previous blog post, Home Snacks pointed first to the great Rocky Mount amenities. This is the top reason for it being among the top 5 Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina.

“Despite the fact that many people haven’t considered it before, Rocky Mount is actually a great place to retire,” Home Snacks blogger, Chris Kolmar explained. “The numbers don’t lie, retirees are comfortable here,” Kolmar continued. “Rocky Mount is super close to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, so you will never get bored. The city itself has a lot of great museums, historic places, and multiple venues for its growing arts and culture programs.”

Belmont Lake Preserve’s spa-like amenities include an outdoor and indoor swimming pool (pictured)

Likewise, at Belmont Lake Preserve, the spa-like amenities are plentiful also. There is both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Likewise, the on-site Community Clubhouse also has a full training facility/gym. These are in addition to the spectacular 80-acre lake that sits serenely on the forested 1400-acres of Belmont Lake Preserve.

Similarly, Rocky Mount’s location and affordability are topics in our last blog post in the News & Events section at

The “Short List” Gets Shorter: Best Cities to Retire in NC and Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S.

Belmont Lake Preserve has been named by “Where to Retire” magazineas one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the United States

The city of Rocky Mount has continuously climbed up the Home Snacks rankings. Their ranking improved in each of the four years they have ranked the Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. However, it would seem that coupled with another award received by Belmont Lake Preserve would ironically put the city on a “short list” of retirement destinations.

In 2015, “Where to Retire” magazine named Belmont Lake Preserve among the Top 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S. The irony was that they call the Top 50 communities as the “Short List.” Hence, given Rocky Mount’s increased desirability for retirees and Belmont Lake’s already lofty status as a retirement community, it seems this is your perfect landing spot for the retirement years.