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.
Con: Summers can be hot and buggy
Best For: History and beach lovers
Cost of Living: 5% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $116,600
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.