Certified Retirement Community

As of April 2014, Tarboro is one of the few municipalities that have been certified by the State of North Carolina as a Retirement Community in North Carolina.  Tarboro is the premier jewel among a cluster of historic gems in the coastal plains. Tarboro offers affordable retirement, year round entertainment, and close proximity to regional resources via US-64 and I-95.   

Tarboro’s climate offers opportunities to a broad array of recreational activities year round. Within the downtown area explore the second oldest original Town Common in the United Stated or stroll the Tarboro National Historic Recreational Trail. Looking for a little more adventure, jump in a kayak and paddle down the Tar River. There are an abundant amount of options for a person wanting to maintain an active lifestyle. 

Immerse yourself in the active and vibrant cultural arts community. Edgecombe Arts provides programs through art exhibits, workshops, performances, as well as special events. The Arts Council fosters an environment of creativity and encourages community involvement. 

Have the desire to continue your education? Enroll at Edgecombe Community College or participate in the Life Long Learning program offered through East Carolina University open to retirement aged residents. 

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital is a part of Vidant Health System which covers nine hospitals serving 29 counties. It is recognized across the county as a leader in patient and family experience. Along with the hospital Tarboro also offers award winning facilities in the areas of long term care and assisted living.  

Tarboro’s cost of living consistently ranks below the national average and those of surrounding counties. Housing is affordable with prices suit to any budget and need. 

So come to Tarboro where retirement means rejuvenation.