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Why We Love Living in Raleigh-Durham


By Eric Chetwood, CFP®

As a UNC graduate, Raleigh-Durham has been home for many years. My wife and I have built our family, support system, and careers here. We could have easily moved away, but there are countless reasons we’ve remained rooted in North Carolina and plan to call the area home for years to come. 

While we always encourage people to visit the area, Raleigh-Durham is also a perfect retirement relocation destination. The proximity to relaxation and adventure can’t be beat. Along with the endless opportunities for big-city fun with a relatively small-town feel, Raleigh-Durham simply has a lot to offer its residents.

Relaxation and Adventure

Whether your retirement dreams include strolling along a beach or hiking through the mountains, our beautiful outdoors will keep you entertained all year round. Locals experience relatively moderate weather and enjoy all four seasons. 

If you’re the adventurous type, hiking, biking, and water sports are all within reach. And when it’s time to relax, take a drive to enjoy the views or experience the thriving restaurant scene. There’s something for everyone in Raleigh-Durham. Sitting just a few hours from the ocean or the Appalachian Mountains, it’s perfectly suited for day-trip lovers.

Big-City Attractions Without the Traffic

Our three world-class universities, Duke, UNC, and NC State, put Raleigh-Durham on the map and create a highly educated and talented community, benefiting local business. This is in part why the Research Triangle Park is the headquarters home to many companies. Google (1) and Apple (2) are also expanding their presence in the region.

Big names aside, Raleigh-Durham still has that small-town feel. You’ll get to skip bumper-to-bumper traffic and enjoy a beautifully maintained and clean city. And the university campuses add to the historic feel of the area.

Beyond the great outdoors, we’re home to endless highly competitive sporting events, Broadway theater, a fantastic art presence, and a thriving restaurant scene. But it’s not all about entertainment. You can find confidence in our world-class healthcare facilities (3) and easy access to an international airport.

Foodies Unite 

Over the years, we’ve come to realize what a treat it is to have numerous options for good food. Durham was even named the South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living, going as far as to call it “one of the hottest food destinations in the South.” (4)

It’s far more than traditional Southern cuisine—you’ll find freshly brewed coffee, microbreweries, an array of made-from-scratch pies and pastries, and wood-fired pizzas. The thriving restaurant scene isn’t only a tasty benefit of living here, it’s also great for entertaining visitors.

Don’t Just Take My Word for It

While we may be a bit biased, our love for Raleigh-Durham is easily substantiated. But don’t just take our word for it, U.S. News recently ranked Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill as the #2 best places to live thanks to their friendly, diverse culture, and a strong sense of community. They go on to outline many of the same reasons we love the city already noted. (5)

If you’re planning to relocate once retired, Raleigh-Durham needs to be on your list of relocation possibilities. Whether you’re in the area or planning a visit, we’d love to chat about how we can assist in making your retirement relocation dreams come true. Schedule a complimentary introductory meeting online or reach out to us at audra.grice@adamschetwood.com or (919) 287-5660.

About Eric

Eric Chetwood is managing partner and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) at Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group, a faith-based Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm located in Durham, North Carolina. Eric graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has been on the Adams Chetwood team for over 15 years. Eric spends his days helping clients with comprehensive financial planning and portfolio construction and helping them navigate the opportunities and challenges of each stage of life. Away from the office, Eric enjoys effecting change in the local community. He was chosen to participate in the 2007 Leadership Durham program and the 2009 Leadership Triangle program. Currently, Eric serves as a directional Elder at the Summit Church. He also serves on the board of directors for the NC Study Center at UNC-CH and previously served on the board of Samaritan Health Center, an organization that provides medical care to uninsured and low-income families in Durham. He and his wife, Allison, have two sons, and are passionate about adoption advocacy as well as leveraging their gifts and resources to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance and social businesses. To learn more about Eric, connect with him on LinkedIn.


(1) https://abc11.com/google-cloud-durham-jobs-hub-nc/10428545/

(2) https://abc11.com/apple-research-triangle-park-north-carolina/10547896/

(3) https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2021/07/27/2021-best-hospitals-in-nc-us-news-world-report.html

(4) https://www.southernliving.com/travel/tastiest-town-durham-north-carolina

(5) https://realestate.usnews.com/places/north-carolina/raleigh-durham