Whatever your lifestyle and business goals may be,
you’ll find a community here to meet your needs.
Moore County has 11 incorporated municipalities, each offering a unique setting. The Village of Pinehurst is our most populous town, and Carthage is the county seat. Other municipalities include Aberdeen, Cameron, Foxfire Village, Pinebluff, Robbins, Southern Pines, Taylortown, Vass, and Whispering Pines.
>> Click for more information on Moore County’s municipalities.
Unincorporated communities include Eagle Springs, Eastwood, Glendon, High Falls, Jackson Springs, Jugtown, Lakeview, Seven Lakes, West End and Woodlake.
|Moore County was selected by America’s Promise Alliance as one of 2010’s Best 100 Communities for Young People. More than 350 communities across the nation were nominated for the designation. Moore County is one of only 4 communities in North Carolina to be selected.|
View maps to see the area covered by each municipality (maps updated 2/19/14):
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*Carthage & Whispering Pines both use zip code 28327.
Moore County’s communities are picturesque and inviting, but they are also thriving business and industry centers.
SOUTHERN PINES RANKED IN TOP 50 BEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA
In its list of the Top 50 Best Small Towns in America, the media site Newsmax has ranked the Town of Southern Pines as #25 for 2016. Southern Pines is an idyllic community offering small-town charm with cosmopolitan sophistication.
ABERDEEN & SOUTHERN PINES NAMED IN TOP 15 BEST PLACES TO START A BUSINESS IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR 2015
Nerdwallet, a consumer finance website, named the Town of Aberdeen as #8 and the Town of Southern Pines as #11 in their 2015 Best Places to Start a Business in North Carolina study. Nerdwallet evaluated 121,462 businesses and 115 communities in North Carolina based on various factors related to 2 key metrics: 1) business climate, such as average revenue of local businesses; and 2) economic health, such as median annual income and unemployment rate. Both Aberdeen and Southern Pines boasted impressive numbers across all factors examined in the study. Click here to read the press release.
The Village of Pinehurst has been named the “#1 Safest Community in North Carolina” in 2014 and the “#2 Safest Community in North Carolina” for 2015 and 2016 by SafeWise, a home security and safety advisory company.
SafeWise ranked the top 50 safest communities in North Carolina for towns and cities having a population of 4,000 or more. The rankings are based on the most recent FBI crime report and SafeWise’s own independent evaluation. Click here to see the complete rankings: 2016 report, 2015 report and 2014 report
The Village of Pinehurst was also named the “#1 Safest Place to Live in North Carolina” in 2014 by Movoto, a real estate brokerage firm. The Movoto report evaluated 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report data for the 68 towns and cities in North Carolina with populations of 10,000 or more. Pinehurst had an incredibly low number of crimes overall, giving Pinehurst residents the lowest odds of being a crime victim: just 1 in 114. Click here to read the press release. To read the report by Movoto, click here.
SOUTHERN PINES – PINEHURST RANKED HIGHLY IN ‘ECONOMIC STRENGTH’ FOR 2016
The Southern Pines-Pinehurst Micropolitan Statistical Area (McrSA) is ranked #149 in Economic Strength out of the 536 Micropolitan Areas throughout the United States, according to POLICOM Corporation’s 2016 Economic Strength Rankings. POLICOM is an independent economic research firm specializing in analyzing local and state economies to determine if they are growing or declining and why.
» The Southern Pines-Pinehurst Area’s ranking suggests that this area’s economy is stable and consistently growing both in size and quality, enabling residents to enjoy a higher quality of living and less economic volatility.
A Micropolitan Statistical Area is defined as an urbanized area with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000, usually within one county. POLICOM describes Economic Strength as “the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in both size and quality”, while taking into consideration the rate, consistency and stability of the growth. The higher the ranking, the more rapid and consistent the growth is over an extended period of time.
PRETTIEST SMALL TOWNS: PINEHURST & SOUTHERN PINES IN TOP 10
According to a recent poll, the Village of Pinehurst and the Town of Southern Pines were voted in the top 10 prettiest small towns in North Carolina out of a list of 45 towns with populations less than 15,000. Thirty-two (32) North Carolina journalists were polled by writer Bill Hensley of Charlotte, former state director of travel and tourism.
Pinehurst was ranked 2nd and Southern Pines ninth based on factors including charm, landscapes, historic homes, architecture, commitment to preservation, among other factors.
» To read the December 22, 2009 news article from The Pilot, click here.
SOUTHERN PINES – PINEHURST AREA RANKED #2 “DREAMTOWN” IN NC, 35TH IN THE NATION
The Southern Pines – Pinehurst micropolitan area is ranked as the No. 2 “Dreamtown” in North Carolina and No. 35 in the nation out of 140 smaller communities evaluated throughout the United States. American City Business Journals, the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies, including Triangle Business Journal, in the United States gave the highest ranks to those communities having less traffic congestion, solid economies, moderate costs of living, strong educational systems, and easy access to the attractions of metropolitan areas.
» To read the August 14, 2008 press release about our Dreamtown, click here.
FORBES RANKS SOUTHERN PINES – PINEHURST AS 9th “LEAST VUNERABLE TOWN”
In an October 9, 2008 article, Forbes.com ranked 141 micropolitan areas across the nation based on the 5 criteria of unemployment, median income, poverty, education and outstanding mortgage debt.
Using August 2008 unemployment data and 2007 Census data, Forbes looked at unemployment, median income and poverty levels as a measure of the local economy and standard of living. Education data focused on workforce competitiveness and readiness, while mortgage debt reflected home equity and the stability of the local housing market.
Each micropolitan area was given a ranking in each of the 5 categories which were then added together for a total score. Those areas with the lowest scores were considered to be the “Most Vunerable Towns”, while those with the highest scores were the “Least Vunerable”.
» The rankings suggest that communities with high scores, like Southern Pines – Pinehurst, are better equipped to deal with the challenges and effects of negative changes in the national economy.
Southern Pines – Pinehurst tied with Lexington Park, MD for the 9th and 10th positions in the list of the top 10 Least Vunerable Towns, both having a score of 508. Lebanon, NH was ranked No. 1 with the highest score of 598.