Mount Airy, located in northwest North Carolina, has a lot to attract retirees, families, businesses and new residents. It’s wonderfully situated for those looking to live in a small-town environment, away from the congestion and hustle of city life.
Many newcomers love the idea of living in a place where getting to know your neighbors is a must and where living near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a slice of heaven. We are only minutes from the Virginia border and two hours from major metropolitan cities like Charlotte and Raleigh. Winston-Salem is only 30 minutes to our south east and the Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro can accommodate almost all desired flight travel. However, you would be surprised by the shopping opportunities in our area, everything from clothing to furniture and everything in between. Great dining experiences await you and our vibrant, historic downtown attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world each month. Don’t worry about getting lost, we have the friendliest folks around and you will rarely get caught up in anything that feelings feels like big city traffic. Mount Airy has just over 10,000 residents, making it a SMALL town with a BIG personality!
Mount Airy residents enjoy four distinct seasons, marked by warm summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 61 degrees F. The annual winter temperature is 46 degrees F, while the average summer temperature is 76 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 45.5 inches, and the average annual snowfall is 10.5 inches, making Mount Airy the essential North Carolina retirement, second-home, or relocation destination.
There’s no lack of performing art venues in Mount Airy. Mount Airy and surrounding Surry County are a source for bluegrass and old-time music, from the annual Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention to the weekly jam sessions in the downtown theatre. The Surry Arts Council hosts community theater productions with an outdoor concert series in the outdoor amphitheater each summer. The Merry-Go-Round, the nation’s second-longest running living radio show, broadcasts live bluegrass and old-time music every Saturday in the downtown theatre. In fact, there is something going on all the time! If you are looking for a place with tremendous community pride and ample opportunities to get involved, look no further than Mount Airy, NC!
As in many small North Carolina retirement towns, the cost of living in Mount Airy is very moderate. New home prices range from $90 to $125 a square foot and the current city tax rate is $.48 cents per $100.00 valuation.
Consistently, a top-performing school system in North Carolina, Mount Airy school’s SAT critical reading and math scores are above the state and national average. Mount Airy schools are in the top 5% of school districts in North Carolina with the highest number of students proficient in EOGs and EOCs. The school district is ranked number 9 among 115 districts in the state in the percentage of students graduating from high school in 4 years or less.
Mount Airy is the North Carolina retirement and relocation destination for those looking for recreation. The town is less than 45 minutes from three state parks and a 15-minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The city is a walkable town that boasts more than 30 miles of sidewalks and 5 city parks. The Emily B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways total just less than 5 miles of multi-purpose paved trails, along two scenic waterways. The Ararat River is accessible for fishing and is a stocked, delayed harvest waterway. The city’s parks offer a variety of experiences, including 6 miles of mountain biking trails, 9 holes of disc golf, ball fields, soccer fields, 2 playgrounds and both reservoir and river fishing opportunities. In addition to private fitness facilities, Reeves Community Center, also city recreation headquarters (located one block from historic downtown), is a full-service 50,000 square foot fitness facility with an indoor pool, seasonal outdoor pool, gymnasium, racquetball courts, after-school/camp programs and more than 70 fitness class opportunities offered each week. Adult and youth athletics include a wide variety of sports for all ages.
Mount Airy is within a 30-minute drive from seven golf courses, including Primland Golf and Spa Resort, a mountain lodge and golf course that sits on 12,000 acres high in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.
Northern Hospital of Surry County is a general medical and surgical hospital in Mount Airy, NC, with 108 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 37,269 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 4,944 admissions. Its physicians performed 1,668 inpatient and 5,660 outpatient surgeries. The hospital offers a variety of services and screenings and is one of the largest employers in Mount Airy. Other specialists from cardiology to dental care are plentifully available.
There are a variety of condominiums throughout the city available for those seeking community living, worry free of maintenance issues.
Ridgecrest has been providing resident care for the past 11 years and offers villa homes and assisted living options. Other services are offered and are done with complete resident satisfaction in mind. The Renfro Lofts are in the heart of downtown and are home to a variety of people looking for amenities that are convenient and low in maintenance.
In addition to the great vibe that is present in active, small towns, we have top-notch local government services to offer our residents.
The Board of Commissioners, the City Manager and support staff are located in City Hall and coordinate of all city meetings, boards, commissions and day to day city business. The Mayor’s office is also located there and you may call 336-786-3500 if you have a need or concern.
The Finance Department is responsible for utility payments, licenses, collections and city budget management. Utility payments may also be made on-line or by using our convenient drive-thru at City Hall.
Our Fire Department responds to routine fire calls as well as emergency medical situations. We have a Class “3” ISO rated department that provides 24/7 on duty staffing. The Fire Marshal’s office provides fire inspections and new project permitting. Community education programs including smoke detector checks and home inspections are also a high priority for our firefighters.
The Parks and Recreation Department is open 7 days per week and is housed at Reeves Community Center. It is responsible for the operations of Reeves Community Center and pools (approximately 50,000 square feet), five park facilities and amenities, scheduling and maintenance of two greenway facilities, youth/adult/senior programming, Oakdale Cemetery and the maintenance of all city-owned property.
The Personnel Department advertises and collects applications for city personnel openings, coordinates the management of individual benefits, updates and enforces the personnel policy and job screenings and maintains a variety of records.
The Mount Airy Police Department provides community policing services, criminal investigations, school resource program officers and the Citizen’s Police Academy. The department which is also staffed 24/7, provides support to city-owned and operated public facilities.
The Public Works Department offers all city residents curbside trash pickup, curbside recycling, leaf collection and loose brush collection. Other duties performed include waste water treatment and water treatment. The department is also responsible for the maintenance of city water/sewer lines and sidewalks and streets.