A northern suburb within the Columbia metro area in South Carolina, Blythewood is a small, historic town popular for its tight-knit community. With four distinct seasons and plenty of nearby outdoor recreation, it is a sought-after retirement destination for active adults. Besides this, residents love its proximity to Columbia, providing all the daily amenities and conveniences one needs.
Climate & Geography
Blythewood is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina with a humid subtropical climate. There are four distinct seasons with hot summers and cool winters. The nearby Appalachian Mountains help prevent long-lasting cold spells from the north, but short freezes can happen. Precipitation is evenly spread throughout the year, resulting in higher than average rainfall and barely any snow. There are 215 days of sun on average each year.
Central South Carolina, located between the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains and the flat Atlantic Coastal Plain, features low-lying, gentle rolling hills.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
The cultural and entertainment hub of Blythewood is Doko Meadows Park. Residents can hike the six miles of walking trails, which pass through wooded areas, open fields, and a sculpture garden. The park also has a 2,500-seat amphitheater for regional performances and shows, and also hosts a weekend open-air farmers market.
Within the city are several golf courses and country clubs, and outside of the city residents can fish and boat at Lake Wateree State Park to the northeast and Lake Murray to the southwest.
While residents love the small-town charm of Blythewood, those seeking brand name shopping, fine dining, and art galleries can head a half-hour south to Columbia. In addition, the charms and amenities of Charlotte, North Carolina are just over an hour’s drive north.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Blythewood matches the national average. While most factors are consistent with the average in the U.S., transportation costs are lower and utilities are higher.
South Carolina does not tax Social Security, and while it does tax all other forms of retirement income, there are large deductions for retirees. The state also offers a Homestead Exemption Program aimed at retirees to help offset some property taxes. Sales taxes are somewhat higher than average.
According to Gallup’s Well-Being Index, South Carolina scores highest in the community factor of the survey, indicating residents feel pride and a sense of safety in their community.
There are no hospitals in Blythewood. The closest hospitals that are rated by U.S. News as high performing are in Columbia. These include Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital-Columbia, and Palmetto Health Baptist.