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Wendell, Zebulon listed as top retirement venues

From staff reports

Residents of Wendell and Zebulon may already know their towns are full of amenities that attract retirees, but recently they’ve been recognized as such – especially in comparison to other local suburbs.

Movoto, a real estate blog, published an article listing Zebulon and Wendell as the third and fourth best locations, respectively, to retire near Raleigh.

Combining data with input from local real estate agent Aimee Anderson, the study compared 12 Raleigh suburbs based on doctors per capita, senior amenities per capita, cost of living, median home prices and total crimes per 100,000.

The study weighted crime slightly higher than the other categories at 15 percent. The lowest overall scores for each town ranked as the best quality location to retire.

Knightdale was ranked near the middle of the list at number seven.

Zebulon, which has a senior population of 12 percent and a median home price of $110,400 according to Movoto, has amenities like the Carolina Mudcats stadium and Little River Park. Even McLean’s Ole Time Cafe got a shout-out.

“Retirees who want a laid back small town vibe will be drawn to Zebulon,” the website said.

Called a “close knit community,” Wendell’s $132,600 average home price and 16 percent senior population helped place it in the top five.

It’s “picturesque” downtown, historical spots, as well as the farmer’s market and Arts from the Heart contributed to its benefits.