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Fast Facts about Moore County
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Welcome to Moore County
|Located in central North Carolina, Moore County enjoys a
temperate climate and is convenient to the mountains, the coast, and just about everywhere!
There are 11 incorporated municipalities,
a unique setting.
Enjoy your new home in Moore County and stay in touch with family and friends in distant places: the local airport, Moore County
Airport, offers charter services and Amtrak offers passenger rail service with a stop at
A Family-Friendly Community Close to Fort Bragg
Moore County is a place you’ll want to call home. An inviting place with an exceptional lifestyle for military families, but without the military environment. Relaxed, uncongested, safe, and all within 35 minutes from Fort Bragg’s main post area.
History, Culture & Recreation
Although Moore County is a golfer’s paradise, there are so many other leisure activities to enjoy: tennis, bicycling, art galleries, theater, concerts, historic sites, civic organizations, fairs and festivals, scenic parks, nature walks, and children’s programs, just to name a few. In addition, Southern Pines is a nationally recognized center for equestrian activities for riders and spectators alike. At the heart of Southern Pines’ “Horse Country” is the Walthour-Moss Foundation, a preserve of almost 3,500 acres with riding trails. Weymouth Woods offers almost 900 acres of natural Sandhills terrain, showcasing the area’s diverse ecosystem.
Moore County is the “Home of American Golf”® and home to many prestigious golf resorts, such as Pinehurst Resort and Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines. Both resorts, in addition to other courses, have hosted numerous championship tournaments and events, such as the 2005 U.S. Men's Open Championship and the 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
Moore County offers a wide variety of living options, ranging from historic single-family homes to new custom construction; open country living to gated communities; waterfront to golf front, and condos, townhomes, adult/retirement communities, and everything in between. There is something to suit all preferences. If the desire is to build a dream home, land is readily available, ranging from residential lots in established communities to lots in emerging neighborhoods to acres in the country.
Educational Choices ~ Public, Charter and Private
Moore County has an excellent public school system composed of 22 schools: 14 elementary, 4 middle, 3
high, and 1 alternative/technical. Enrollment for the 2007-2008 school year was 12,334 students. Over 60% of the 1,746 education professionals in the sytem are certified.
Over 70% of our public schools are recognized as “Schools of Excellence”, “Schools of Distinction” or "Schools of Progress" based on expected growth in both student achievement and the percentage of students performing at grade level
or proficiency level. The website NC School Report Cards provides additional details on
Moore County district’s performance.
Two tuition-free charter schools offer an alternative to traditional public
education. The Academy of Moore County focuses on math, science and
technology. Sandhills Theater Arts Renaissance School heavily integrates the
arts into its curriculum.
There are 7 private schools in the County, including The O’Neal School (a college preparatory day school
serving students Pre-K through 12), the Episcopal Day School (a K-5 Christian school), Sandhills Classical
Christian School (a K-8 school using classical methodology), and Pope John Paul II Catholic School (serving
Sandhills Community College
Sandhills Community College (SCC) includes the main campus in Pinehurst and 2 satellite campuses,
Westmoore in northern Moore County and the Hoke Center in Raeford (Hoke County). The College serves over 14,000 students annually in a variety of programs in the areas of occupational studies, basic skills and community enrichment. SCC offers three college transfer degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate in Fine Arts) and more than thirty technical programs leading to an associate’s degree, diploma or certificate.
SCC partners with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, St.
Andrews Presbyterian College and Franklin University to provide on-site
bachelor’s and master’s degrees extension classes and programs.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, non-profit regional healthcare system with its main hospital, Moore
Regional Hospital, located in Pinehurst. The hospital is an acute-care facility with 385 licensed beds and offers a full-range
of advanced healthcare services, as well as a Health & Fitness Center that residents can join. Moore Regional is ranked in the top 3.3% nationally for clinical excellence and has won national awards in the areas of cardiac care, orthopedics, and vascular services.
Other healthcare facilities include St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines, a 176-bed facility emphasizing
long-term skilled nursing services; Pinehurst Surgical Clinic P.A., offering specialty-oriented medical and
surgical services; and Pinehurst Medical Clinic Inc., a provider of primary and specialty health services. Tricare is accepted by some local service providers.
Southern Moore County is experiencing a boom in
new restaurants and retail stores. Just within the
last 18 months, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond,
Ross Dress for Less, PetsMart, Rack Room Shoes,
Tuesday Morning, Bonefish Grill, Panera Bread,
Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chili’s, Stein Mart and Starbucks Coffee have all located
in the Southern Pines / Aberdeen area.
There are also many specialty boutiques, shops and
cafes in the downtowns of Pinehurst, Southern
Pines and Aberdeen to suit a variety of tastes. For
the “big city”
shopping experience, Raleigh and
Fayetteville are each just an hour away and offer
The northwest area of Moore County is part of "Pottery Country”, a nationally recognized cluster of pottery
artisans and their handcrafted wares. The quaint community of Cameron is known as the antiques capital of the Sandhills with more than 10 antique stores on the main road through town.
Local assistance is available to help military spouses and other family members find full-time or part-time employment in Moore County. The Employment Security Commission and the Moore County JobLink Career Center are located in the same office in Aberdeen and offer a wealth of resources for convenient one-stop assistance. The services offered to job-seekers include job placement assistance, resumé preparation, and skills training, among others.
Welcome to Moore County ~ It’s a great place to live (and raise a family!),
work and play!