South Carolina

South Carolina is quickly becoming a premier location for retirees. 

Sun, sand, and sensational cities. South Carolina active adult communities have a bit of everything and retirees are taking notice. Once just a stopping point for retirees flocking to Florida from the Northeast, South Carolina has become a favorite destination for retirees and active adults alike. And while there are many reasons that explain why active adults choose South Carolina communities over others, a few that top the list include affordability, a desirable climate, beautiful coastal communities, a rich history, and a variety of spectacular golf courses.

1. Affordability

South Carolina is a tax-friendly state with a relatively low cost of living. This makes it an ideal destination for active adults who are looking for an affordable retirement location. Homeowners over 65 qualify for certain tax exemptions. Further, social security and many disability payments are not taxable. Home median prices are often below the national average, although homes in some popular South Carolina cities can be more expensive. However, active adults can still achieve an affordable retirement along the South Carolina coast.

2. Desirable Climate

The subtropical climate in South Carolina allows for plenty of warm, temperate days while still offering a noticeable change in seasons. Depending on the location within the state, daytime temperatures can climb into the low 90s during the height of summer and drop to the high 40s during the winter months. During winter nights, upstate areas may reach freezing temperatures, and light snowfall is possible, though uncommon, throughout the state. In general, coastal cities tend to have warmer weather, though they can be affected by hurricanes and tropical storms from the late summer through early fall.

3. Coastal Communities

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South Carolina features many costal communities including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head.

Among retirees, South Carolina may be best known for its coastal cities like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island. These beautiful areas, which feature sunny beaches and a multitude of water-based activities, are ideal for vacations and as retirement destinations. There are also many coastal area South Carolina retirement communities designed specifically for 55+ active adults. Just a few include Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, Abbey Glen in Hardeeville, and Seasons at Prince Creek West in Murrells Inlet.

4. Rich History

Although South Carolina’s coastal communities continue to attract relocating retirees, many active adults prefer the rich history found in the antebellum city of Charleston. Here, residents can take a step back in time as they explore local museums and historic homes, yet they can also appreciate the city’s thriving modern-day culture. Del Webb Charleston at Nexton is set outside of the city to take advantage of the state’s picturesque countryside and modern shopping centers while still enjoying close proximity to historic sites and bustling city life. The two active adult communities set within Charleston are The Elms of Charleston and Middleborough at Shadowmoss Plantation.

5. Spectacular Golf Courses

Although golf is only one activity among the many that appeal to active adults, it is an activity which has flourished throughout The Palmetto State. In 2009, 11 of Golf Digest magazine’s top 100 golf courses were found in South Carolina. Some of these popular courses include The Ocean Course at Kiawah IslandHarbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, Tidewater Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, and the May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff.