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Rock Hill is a city in Northwestern South Carolina. Its location and historic appeal has made it a desirable option for retirees. The city is the fifth largest in the state, which means residents benefit from access to all the necessities and fun opportunities of a city, but with a quaint, small-town feel.
Climate and Geography
Rock Hill is located along the Catawba River, just south of Charlotte. The city is home to a humid subtropical climate, which experiences all four distinct seasons with summers that are hot and humid, while winters are mild and wet. Residents can also expect to see about 200 sunny days each year.
The surrounding terrain is part of the Piedmont Plateau region, which mostly consists of rolling foothills nestled in between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, and the Atlantic Coastal Plains to the East. The primary geographic feature is the Catawba River, which runs near the northern and western borders of the city.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Rock Hill is known for its historic downtown and close-knit neighborly feel. Those looking to get outside in Rock Hill have plenty of options to do so, including state and local parks, as well as nature trails outside the city and along the riverfront.
Locals love to explore the city’s many museums, including Museum of York County, Rock Hill Fire Station Museum, and Rock Hill Aquatics Center. Downtown offers many restaurants and shops. Not to mention, the city is home to a lively art scene, and a number of breweries and wineries for those that want to take a tour or grab a drink.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Rock Hill, like most of South Carolina, has a generally lower cost of living than the national average. The median home and housing cost is less than that of the national and state averages. Other costs such as groceries and transportation are cheaper than the national average, but utilities are more expensive.
South Carolina does not have a tax on Social Security, and homeowners that are 65 and older can qualify for a homestead exemption. Rock Hill's combined sales tax rate is 7 percent.
There are four medical centers and hospitals in Rock Hill, one of which is rated high performing in at least two procedures by U.S. News: Piedmont Medical Center. Nearby, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte is nationally ranked and rated high performing in a number of procedures and conditions, while Atrium Health in Pineville and MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center in Lancaster are both rated high performing.