Many of you have taken to heart what I’ve said about the many benefits to finding your best place to relocate or retire in a smaller town.
A smaller town close to a larger metropolitan area and you’ve been asking a lot of questions about them.
Last week we visited Raleigh NC: Best Suited For Economic Recovery, in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina – I thought it would be a great time to explore the area a bit more.
Check out the surrounding communities and the opportunities available and get a glimpse of what it’s like to live in NC.
A bit of history…
“The Triangle” originally referred to the numerous universities in the area whose research facilities and educated workforce served as a major attraction for businesses. In the 1950′s, the Research Triangle Park was created and is home to numerous high-tech companies.
While Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina are wonderful, there are some local small town alternatives which I think are fantastic! Today begins our exploration of those best places to live.
Just outside the Research Triangle area starting off with our first NC Best Places stop only about forty minutes northeast of Durham, NC is the city of Oxford NC, population 8,461.
Located in Granville County, Oxford NC is the county seat and as you head north from Durham on I-85 it’s hard to miss it.
Oxford NC is one of those smaller communities in North Carolina’s northern Piedmont that for much of its history depended on agriculture, especially tobacco, for its economic development.
And like most of the NC Best Places smaller communities, then slowly diversified into manufacturing and other types of economic activity.
Some of you may have already heard of Oxford if you’re aware of the North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest that brings thousands of barbecue and hot sauce aficionados to downtown Oxford every fall.
The downtown itself is very charming and the legacy of its tobacco heyday is two wonderful historic districts.
Oxford has a classic downtown with a variety of small shops and restaurants, wide tree-lined streets and neighborhoods which are home to variety of architectural styles from classic Victorians and Queen Anne’s to more contemporary styles.
Just walking around you get the sense that residents really value community and pulling together to accomplish things.
Moreover, local schools in Oxford NC get high marks and nearby Vance-Granville Community College provides educational opportunities for all age groups.
If Healthcare is high on your list, you’ll be glad to know the County of Granville Hospital System received the Hospital of Choice Award, which names GHS as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country.
In 2010, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina designated the health system’s Granville Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.
The median home value of less than a $100,000 suggests your money can go a long way.
If you’re thinking the Research Triangle area may be your best place to relocate or retire, you may want to take a look at Oxford NC.
For more information about Oxford North Carolina and if this is your best place to live check out: The Oxford Historical Preservation Commission.
I’ll see you next week!
Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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