This central North Carolina city has a longstanding tradition supporting the arts. Its symphony, founded in 1947, is the oldest in the state; its arts council was the first in the nation; and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is among the most prestigious in the country.
The city also plays host to an internationally recognized film festival.
More draws for retirees include affordable housing (downtown townhomes can be had for $200,000) and tremendous health care, thanks in part to university teaching hospital Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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