South Carolina – Retirement Guide

South Carolina   Retirement Guide

Top Retirement Cities in South Carolina: 

Aiken | Beaufort | Bluffton | Charleston | Greenville | Summerville

South Carolina’s genteel Southern hospitality has charmed scores of retirees into relocating to the “Palmetto State.” The state’s warm summers and mild winters, excellent golf courses and windswept beaches along the coastline provide an attractive respite for retirees.

Retirees will find no shortage of active adult communities, mid-sized or smaller housing developments, as well as age-restricted and age-targeted communities. Housing prices tend to be low in South Carolina, and retirees will enjoy a number of tax benefits, including retirement income deduction for individuals, and an age deduction for residents aged 65 and over.

The state has a rich and fascinating history, from its days as one of the 13 original colonies, to its stormy role in the Civil War; history lovers will find an endless list of places to explore, from the Lowcountry along the coast, to old Revolutionary and Civil War battlegrounds to sprawling plantations.

Towns like Myrtle Beach will delight retired lovers of sun and surf — it also happens to be in proximity to some of the world’s best golf courses.

Pros: Genteel Southern charm abounds, miles of windswept beaches line the coast
Con: Summers can be hot and buggy

At a Glance:
Best For: History and beach lovers
Population: 4,723,723
Cost of Living: 5% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $116,600
Unemployment: 8.6%
Top State Income Tax: 7%

Still, retiring in North Carolina may have its drawbacks for some. Summer weather can be sweltering, thanks to the humidity. The warm season also brings out hordes of creepy crawlies — most famously, the palmetto bug, a type of flying cockroach.

Top Retirement Cities in South Carolina:  Aiken | Beaufort | Bluffton | Charleston | Greenville | Summerville

Photo by Ethnocentrized via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.