10 Best Places to Retire in South Carolina

Written by John Moran

South Carolina has become an increasingly popular state to retire in and it’s easy to see why. The state has generally mild winters and more friendly tax rates especially when it comes to social security. Additionally, its low cost of living and all-round high quality of life is a winner for retirees.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that a lot of first-time or return visitors to this state often come back to set up their retirement homes here. If you are among this category of people, we’ve made a list of ten places within South Carolina that you should consider retiring in.

1. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach offers its residents a deep vibrant cultural experience. With beautiful wide beaches for you to sunbathe as well as the myriad of art and history museums for you to satisfy the artist in you.

Myrtle Beach also has the best golf courses with a pool of over 120 world-class courses to choose from. Any golf enthusiast will be spoilt for choice There are also a good number of condos for sale in Myrtle Beach at great prices too.

2. Charleston

With its historical charm and primal coastal location, Charleston is an ideal choice for retirees. The city carries a population of just over 400,000 people but the neighborhoods located within the outskirts of the city are home to a decent population of people over the age of 55.

Charleston also boasts of a vibrant cultural and historical scene seeing that it was founded in 1670. If you are into art and history, then the Charleston Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art among others will give you a good dose of just that.

3. Clemson

This is a city with a lot of historical appeal especially with all the great efforts put into preserving it. It also hosts nearly 17,000 university students which makes it a great place for the young and young at heart.

The large college population also means that the cost of living is relatively low which is great for people living on a pension budget or for people looking to set up business in the area. It also has a large golf course and miles of hiking trails and nature preserves for one to enjoy.

4. Greenville

Greenville is a popular destination many retirees looking to join a budding retirement community. It also provides an energetic city vibe for people to indulge in as they immerse themselves in the food, culture, and socialize with others.

There is a slowly emerging art scene here with many local musicians and artists performing and showing their work at different venues, galleries, and museums. Greenville also experiences great weather all year round and offers many tax reliefs to the elderly, which serve as an incentive for people who are considering retiring there.

5. Aiken

Aiken, or the ‘Winter Colony’, had a population with a median age of 41 in 2017 of which has definitely grown older since meaning it should be a great community to retire in. The average property value of houses in the county fall around $130,000.

Aiken is also a great haven for horse riders as polo games are a favorite pastime activity for the people living there.

6. Hilton Head

Hilton Head is an island famous for its beautiful beaches and state of the art golf and tennis courses. This island is a great retirement area because it has an array of endless activities such as fishing to recreational boating, shopping, and public beach access.

The island’s population has a median age of 58 and so many new condos and beautiful homes are constructed specifically with the retirement community in mind making it a highly ideal choice.

7. Beaufort

Having been named America’s Happiest Seaside Town, Beaufort offers its residents a rich American culture and heritage as well as a great selection of local food.

Chartered in 1711, Beaufort is the second-oldest town in South Carolina. As such, many of the historical sites and homes have been restored and now serve as beautiful tourist attractions for visitors and locals alike to come and experience Beaufort’s rich history.

8. Georgetown

Georgetown is another location that should prove ideal for retirees mainly because of its aging population who have an average age of 50. It also has averagely warm weather all year round that allows its residences the pleasure of going out at any time of the day.

Georgetown also has a lot of amenities that cater directly to the needs of its aging community. In terms of health, about 86% of the population has health coverage.

9. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC, has a mere population of 17,000, and with it comes a great small-town charm not found in many places in South Carolina. This means it’s a fairly easy place to navigate and is ideal for retirees looking to move away from the busy city life.

The average property value in Bluffton is nearly $250,000 with households having an average of 2 cars for commuting. It’s worth pointing out that Bluffton is famous for its oysters that have people from far and wide coming to see.

10. Columbia

As the state capital of South Carolina and home to Columbia University, Columbia offers so much in terms of history, culture, and fun activities. The Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Lake Murray are all major attractions that are also in close proximity to the city making the commute not only easy but convenient.

The weather is quite warm all year round and with a large group of young and old people alike, Columbia has a rather diverse and vibrant cultural scene. Its many attractive suburbs make it a great option for retirement with homes within the city going for an average price of $185,000 which most people would consider fair despite it being the state capital.

In Summary

Retirement carries different meanings for different people. Whether you are looking to spend your golden years golfing or waking up to the ocean breeze, then South Carolina has it all in-store for you. Whatever you decide to choose, just be sure that it’s tailored to suit your specific needs so you can find peace and relaxation in your retirement.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

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