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Overview

Established in 1855, Manning is a city located in Clarendon County in South Carolina. It is popular for its small-town charm and close-knit residential community. With its low cost of living and nearby greenspaces, it has become a popular retirement destination.

Climate and Geography

Manning has a humid subtropical climate and receives an average of 49 inches of rain, 1 inch of snow, and 217 sunny days per year. Summers can reach temperatures over 90 degrees and winter lows average at 33 degrees. 

Manning is located south of the Pocotaligo River, west of Ox Swamp, and is near the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. 

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

Residents in Manning have plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Popular nearby golf courses include the Shannon Greens Golf Club and the Wyboo Golf Club. Additionally, active adults can hike at the Swamp Fox Murals Trail and Francis Marion Trail and fish at Lake Marion.

For entertainment and shopping, retirees enjoy the local public library and Bonanza Flea Market. Though part of the Charleston metro area, Manning is also just over an hour from Columbia and two hours from Myrtle Beach.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Manning is lower than the state and national averages. 

South Carolina does not tax Social Security and railroad retirement benefits. Other forms of retirement income are taxed at rates ranging from 3 to 7 percent, but there are deductions available. Homeowners over the age of 65 can take advantage of a homestead exemption program that allows the first $50,000 of the property’s fair market value to be exempt from taxation.  

Health Care

The Charleston metro ranks in the top 50 communities in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.

The only hospital in Manning is McLeod Health Clarendon. The closest hospitals ranked high performing by U.S. News is Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, 20 miles away.

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