Still, residents of the town will be privy to all manner of amenities, including more than 30 stables which feature rides and special autumn equestrian events and 13 golf courses.
Hitchcock Woods, which is said to be the largest urban forest in the nation, and the Hopeland Gardens outdoor concert pavilion are also accessible for retirees. Retirees will also want to explore Aiken’s historic downtown, where they’ll stroll past an array of restaurants, shops and galleries.
In conjunction with the University of South Carolina, the Aiken Academy for Lifelong Learning offers seniors a range of continuing education courses. Course topics are as diverse as Islamic art, introduction to metal detecting, mastering finances in retirement and memoir writing.
Retirees can choose to live in single homes, condos or 55+ retirement communities sprinkled throughout the area.
Con: 2 ½-hour drive to a large airport
Best For: Horseback riders
Cost of Living: 8.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $142,500
Top State Income Tax: 7%
Crime Rate: On par with national average
One of Aiken’s most attractive features is it’s generally mild climate. However, there are inconveniences to living in this small, South Carolina town. The nearest airports with direct flights involves a 2 ½-hour drive to either Atlanta or Charlotte.