Retire to JoCo!

    Johnston County was the first county in North Carolina to be designated a Retire NC destination. Located "just outside the city", Johnston County boasts 3 of the 10 most affordable suburbs in the Raleigh area (our state capital). Retirees will find rural farmland and small-town charm just 15-20 minutes east of the amenities of the Research Triangle Park region. Find out more about the 55+ communities located in the Clayton area (below) and visit us for a weekend to see what awaits you in retirement -- local festivals, unique boutique shops, a little nightlife, good people, even better BBQ, and quality built homes. Conveniently located along I-95 and I-40, we invite you to make our county your retirement destination and explore all the attractions and unique cities and small towns just a short drive away. 

    We can't wait for you to join us and experience all JoCo has to offer! Sign up today and start exploring the best of Johnston County. With so much to do, you'll be sure to find something that you'll love. From festivals and farmers markets to outdoor activities and family attractions, there's something for everyone in JoCo. And don't forget to take advantage of our special offers and discounts from our tourism partners.

    Tools & Resources

    North Carolina is the ultimate retirement destination for affordable living and a rich quality of life. The state retirement site,, has a lot of helpful information about retiring to NC. In addition, the site provides helpful resources like an expense calculator which assists you in determining the difference in costs of living between where you are moving from and where you are moving to. There is an extensive FAQ page that helps answer all your tax questions - property, pension, social security - as well as questions about housing and healthcare. All of these resources and tools are also linked above.

    Relocation Information

    Already decided you're retiring to JoCo? Visit our relocation section, which has many resources to help with your move and the settling-in process. You will find information on cable, utilities, local banks, voting, things to do, events, and more!  You will also find classes available at Johnston Community College, or local civic groups in need of volunteers if you are seeking to stay active in retirement. If you haven't quite made up your mind yet and want to plan a discovery visit, check out our suggested weekend itinerary with special offers from several our of tourism partners...the welcome mat is out in JoCo!

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