Quality of Life

Accolades & Highlights

  • Ranked #1 in North Carolina for Cardiology Services (Southeastern Health 2012)
  • 1st Certified Retirement Community in North Carolina (City of Lumberton)
  • 80.8 = Cost of Living Index (NC=96.7; United States=100.0)
  • “Top Ten” Natural Wonder of North Carolina – The Lumber River
  • Largest Native American tribe (55,000) east of the Mississippi (Lumbees)

Livability

COMtech is located in the geographic center of Robeson County, North Carolina, which is the vortex of interstate I-95 (N-S) and I-74 (E-W). The region offers moderate temperatures allowing for four distinct seasons. Picturesque weather is available during the spring and fall, which permits numerous outdoor activities. An occasional snowfall blankets the area, allowing for the building of snowmen and sledding during the winter.

ROBESON COUNTY

  • Average temp. in January       41°F
  • Average temp. in July             78°F
  • Average annual rainfall           47-in.
  • Average annual snowfall         2-in.
  • Elevation above sea level        37ft.

The southeast region is rich in cultural and historical attractions with both larger cities and small towns offering bountiful opportunities for enrichment and enjoyable experiences. North Carolina’s southeast also has nearly a hundred fun festivals throughout the year; based on geography, a holiday, or ethnic theme. The region is home to many professional and collegiate sports, including arena football, baseball, basketball, motor sports and soccer.

The region has 26 public libraries in addition to three public university libraries and libraries of six private colleges. In addition, the community colleges and counties have libraries with over 1,000,000 volumes available for use.

The southeastern area is served by three major retail centers with over 2,715,637 square feet and 239 stores, as well as numerous small shopping centers. Most national chains have stores in the region. All areas have multiple newspapers, radio stations and television stations to choose from as well as access to high-speed broadband.

Cultural

There are over fifty cultural / historical attractions within a one-hour drive. These include opportunities such as Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton (six miles), an extensive cultural / entertainment program at Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (three miles), museum of the Cape Fear (40 miles), Airborne and Special Operations Museum (40 miles), North Carolina Indian Cultural Center (20 miles) and others.

Healthcare

In addition to general acute healthcare, the region has seventeen hospitals with over 4,000 beds that are able to provide treatment in specialty areas such as cancer treatment and heart surgery, all within a one hour drive from COMtech.

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Recreation

Southeast North Carolina provides recreation in a variety of forms. Activities available in the region’s eight state parks include: camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, jogging, hunting, water-related sports, swimming, recreation sports, and nature walks.

The coast along southeastern North Carolina offers miles and miles of shoreline for the water enthusiast and is home to many natural barrier islands as well. For those who enjoy water-related recreation, the area has deep sea and fresh water fishing available along the coast and in the region’s numerous lakes, rivers and ponds. Swimming and other water related activities are available including power boating, sail boating, jet skiing, and parasailing.

For the golf enthusiast, more than 100 championships golf courses are located in close proximity to the region, bordered by Pinehurst in the northwest to Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand in the southeast.

Many tennis courts and clubs, public and private, are also available throughout the area. There are opportunities to participate in numerous amateur leagues including baseball, soccer, and basketball for children as well as adults.

North Carolina’s beautiful mountains offer 250 miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the wilderness route from Maine to Georgia. It is a great area for viewing, hiking or camping. Nine ski resorts and fifteen popular white water rivers provide rafting and winter sports opportunities.

North Carolina’s Zoological Park at Asheboro is in close proximity to the region. It is the world’s first completely natural habitat zoo with animals separated from the public by natural barriers.

Parks located in the southeast include:

  • Carolina Beach State Park (New Hanover County)
  • Fort Fisher State Recreation area (New Hanover County)
  • Jones Lake State Park (Bladen County)
  • Salter’s Lake State Park (Bladen County)
  • Lake Waccamaw State Park (Columbus County)
  • Lumber River State Park, Orrum (Robeson County)
  • Singletary Lake State Park (Bladen County)

In addition, COMtech is less than one mile from the Lumber River, a natural and scenic river, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Wildlife

Wildlife is abundant in the region and there are fishing opportunities galore-from numerous small streams and rivers to salt water fishing and water sports along a long coastline extending from the Myrtle Beach area northward to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and around the numerous rivers that abound in this area.

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