Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina that is approximately 10 miles from Charleston. A mild winter climate, low cost of living, and plenty of recreational activities are the main reasons retirees enjoy Mount Pleasant.
Climate & Geography
Mount Pleasant has a humid subtropical climate. The average annual high temperature is in the mid 70s and the average annual low temperature is in the mid 50s. The average annual precipitation is around 50 inches of rainfall. While this is more rainfall than the national average, Mount Pleasant also receives more sunny days than average, and no snowfall is expected.
It tends to be cooler near the ocean and in the western mountains. Mount Pleasant is located on the east side of Charleston Harbor and the tidal Wando River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents enjoy visiting Mount Pleasant Memorial Pier for a stroll as they take in the scenery of the town and water. There are plenty of farmers markets and antique shops scattered throughout the town. Indoor activities include visiting museums and art galleries such as Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum or Perspective Gallery. Ocean Sailing Academy, located on the Charleston Harbor, offers guests activities like sailing classes, sailing cruises, and other events.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost in Mount Pleasant is above average, and grocery and health costs are below the state and national averages. The overall cost of living is higher than the state and national averages, with housing playing the biggest part in raising the overall cost of living.
Living in South Carolina is less expensive than many other states. Residents 65 and older are exempt for the first $15,000 of qualified retirement income. A majority of disability services are not taxable. Social Security is not taxable.
There are three medical centers and hospitals in Mount Pleasant. They are East Cooper Medical Center, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, and Vibra Hospital of Charleston. East Cooper Medical Center is ranked High Performing in hip and knee replacement.