Clayton & Johnston County

Clayton & Johnston County



  • 234 Venture Drive,
    Smithfield, NC 27577

Johnston County, or JoCo to locals, has become the first county in North Carolina to be designated as a Retire NC destination.

Johnston County offers the experience of small-town living, but with a top-of-the-line healthcare system and convenient access to Raleigh’s urban center. There are five retirement communities currently available, each with its own activities, events, and housing designs so that you can pick the one that best suits your individual needs. Beyond these planned communities, you will find golf course living and, throughout the county, neighborhoods built along the Neuse River.

Discover your new home’s history with a variety of museums – from celebrating Hollywood film star Ava Gardner, born just outside Smithfield, to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, which holds living history events throughout the year. Spend your days walking our charming Main Streets in Clayton and Benson, where you will find boutique shops and delicious local restaurants. Explore Smithfield and Selma by shopping at the Carolina Premium Outlets, catching a show Live @ The Rudy, or attending one of many annual festivals.

For outdoor enthusiasts, you can spend time nearly year-round in our beautiful outdoors by kayaking the Neuse River, biking on one of several greenways, or exploring wooded trails while birdwatching at Howell Woods or Clemmons Forest. JoCo’s farming roots provide agritourism experiences like visiting our local farms to hand pick produce and learn about agriculture. When family comes to visit you can go fishing, run through corn mazes, pick strawberries, and more.

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. From Asheville's Biltmore Estate (4 hours) to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse (2.5 hours) you will love getting to know North Carolina from your retirement home in Johnston County.

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Latitude: 35° 30' 41.6298" / Longitude: -78° 19' 9.3606"

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