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Why Southeastern NC is one of the Top Places to Move in 2022

May 18, 2022

Looking for a place to relocate? Choosing your ideal hometown isn’t easy.

Especially now– in the wake of one of the biggest housing market bubbles, an economic downturn, and a two-year pandemic.

So, where (and why) should you move?

Family-friendly weather, affordable housing, or better job opportunities (or all three), may prioritize your relocation, but you’ll rarely find it all in one place.

Unless you move to Southeastern North Carolina! 

Ranked #6 on “The Best Places to Relocate” list by Pods People, this region has a 59% inbound rate of new residents (according to Van Lines 45th Annual National Movers). 

Still not convinced? In this post, we’ve rounded up the top reasons to relocate to Southeastern, NC in 2022.

Lower Costs of Living

Historically, Southeastern states provide affordable living. According to North Carolina’s Southeast, the cost of living in this region can vary from 5% to 25% below the national average.

And if you’re living in a less expensive area, you have more opportunities to invest your income beyond just housing expenses. 

Better Weather

With reduced living costs comes a relaxed mindset, and what better way to decompress than living in a beach-centric warm climate? 

Although Southeastern NC summers can be hot, this region has comfortable weather in the middle-year months. The best part: winters may be cold but always short. Over the course of the year, temperatures in this area can range from 37°F to 89°F (rarely falling below 24°F or above 94°F).

Multi-Generational Fun

Whether you’re young (or young at heart), coastal living also offers several fun activities. 

You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Carolina coast or indulge in water activities like kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, and more! 

Plus, beach towns always host local festivals and events to keep you busy, like the yearly Cucalorus Film Festival (which features worldwide cinema). Or Port City’s Azalea Festival, which offers live music, garden parties, street fairs, and balls every April.

Travel Made Easy

Traveling to and from the coast is easy. Only an hour away from Wilmington International Airport, residents and visitors can hop on direct flights to major cities (including Newark, Philadelphia, and New York).

Greater Access to Nature (and Beautiful Beaches)

Here in Calabash, we’re grateful to have access to beautiful beaches, including our own–Sunset Beach. 

Plus, Wilmington is only a 50-minute drive from us and home to some of the best beaches in the Southeast region, like Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. We’re also only 37 minutes from Myrtle Beach. 

Seafood Capital of the World

If you’re a seafoodie, living by the beach gives you unlimited access to coastal cuisine. And Calabash has long been known as the Seafood Capital of the World. 

Plus, with Wilmington just around the corner, our fishing scene, and top-notch oceanfront restaurants are worth checking out. Not to mention, Wilmington was also voted “#1 Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood” by USA Today. 

World Class Championship Golf

Beyond Calabash’s oysters and shrimp, there are more than a dozen championship-caliber golf layouts within a short drive of Kingfish Bay. This includes 80+ courses within a 60-mile radius. 

Fresh Air

Research also shows that choosing coastal or marine margins over urban areas forms healthier lifestyles, with reduced anxiety levels, better sleep, increased physical activity, and reduced air pollution. 

You can thank the ocean for this – as this body of water creates more negative ions in the air, giving you cleaner air to breathe. 

Discover Kingfish Bay for your next move (and let us show you around)!

Book a tour with one of our Community Specialists and enjoy a nature-filled family outing in the great outdoors. Explore our unique riverfront and coastal lifestyle by meandering along the Calabash River and visiting our Private Oceanfront Clubhouse at Sunset Beach.