Aiken, South Carolina – Retirement Guide

Aiken, South Carolina   Retirement Guide

Once a vacation retreat for the wealthy, Aiken still boasts the sensibility of a genteel Southern town, but at a very affordable price. The cost of living here is 8 percent lower than the national average, and the median home price is $142,500.

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.

Pros: Affordable cost of living, many horse stables and events
Con: 2 ½-hour drive to a large airport

At a Glance
Best For: Horseback riders
Population: 29,627
Cost of Living: 8.2% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $142,500
Unemployment: 7.2%
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.

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

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