Summerville, South Carolina – Retirement Guide

Summerville, South Carolina   Retirement Guide

Retirees enamored with the genteel Southern charms of Charleston, but wary of the city’s size may find a happy alternative in Summerville, situated just northwest of the city center. While the town has been rapidly growing in recent years, it still remains manageable, with just under 45,000 residents.

The cost of living in Summerville is also slightly less than Charleston, and the median home price is around $150,000. It’s possible to settle in a variety of locales here in Summerville, from sprawling historic mansions, to apartments and condos, as well as retirement communities.

Retirees hoping to immerse themselves in a true Southern enclave would do well to explore Summerville, which boasts some 700 homes and buildings which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to displaying Colonial, Queen Anne and Georgian architectural styles.

In Summerville’s downtown, residents can wander among a handful of boutiques and restaurants, and even a corner pharmacy complete with working soda fountain. Still, the present mixes well with the past here, and the town also has a number of larger, big box stores, like Target and Walmart.

Pros: Low cost of living, low crime rate, historic architecture and plantations
Con: Continuing population growth can be a deterrent to some

At a Glance
Best For: History buffs
Population: 44,783
Cost of Living: 7% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $149,950
Unemployment: 5.7%
Top State Income Tax: 7%
Crime Rate: 7.2% lower than national average

At least 4 golf courses lie near Summerville, and history and garden lovers can explore old plantation properties, such as the 17th-century Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Culture can also be found in Summerville at venues such as the Flowertown Players community theater. The town even boasts a community orchestra.

The town is home to the Summerville Medical Center, though some residents seek health care in nearby Charleston. One potential downside to living in Summerville is its perpetually growing population. Some longtime residents say the town is beginning to feel crowded.

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

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