Central South Carolina 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

16 Communities in Central South Carolina

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    Active adults and retirees should consider living in age-restricted communities in Central South Carolina because of its beautiful climate, charming history, and scenic nature. Central South Carolina, also known as the Midlands, lies in the middle of the state and is home to Columbia, which is the state s capital and most populated city in the region. There are many 55+ communities in and nearby Columbia, Aiken, and other great cities in Central South Carolina.

    Climate & Geography

    Adults aged 55 and better can enjoy the warm climate in Central South Carolina. Active adult communities in the Central South Carolina region enjoy a humid subtropical climate. Winters are usually mild and summers are hot and humid. The average summer temperatures can reach up to 100 degrees and winter temperatures average in the low 40s to 60s.

    Central South Carolina has many lakes and rivers that descend into the coastal region. One of the largest lakes in Central South Carolina is Lake Marion that is 110,000 acres. Residents seeking to live in 55+ communities in Central South Carolina can buy homes with lakefront views or homes located near marinas. Central South Carolina is made up of the following cities, such as Columbia, Sumter, Florence, Aiken, Greenwood, North Augusta, West Columbia, Orangeburg, Cayce, Irmo, and Newberry.

    Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

    Active adults and retirees in 55+ communities have plenty of attractions and entertainment options within Central South Carolina. Active adult communities like Woodside Plantation in Aiken, South Carolina offers residents private access to its scenic golf course and clubhouse. Retirees and adults aged 55 and better can also visit the various golf courses in Central South Carolina, such as Carolina Lakes Golf Course, Cobblestone Park Golf Club, StoneBridge Golf Club, and Grand Dunes Golf Course. Art and museum lovers can visit Williamsburg County Art Gallery, Carriage Museum at Rye Patch, Wagener Museum, and Andrew Jackson Museum.

    Central South Carolina is great for active adults and retirees who love the great outdoors with activities like fishing, boating, and camping. There are also many great restaurants in Central South Carolina, including many southern BBQ restaurants, seafood specialties and upscale dining.

    Cost of Living & Taxes

    The cost of living for 55+ residents in Central South Carolina is very reasonable. About 6% of goods that are taxed are below the national median. Some counties, such as Richland and Lexington in Central South Carolina can impose an additional 1%. Adults aged 85 and older are exempt from the additional 1%. Local governments administer and collect property taxes, which is at 4% of the property value.


    There are plenty of healthcare and medical facilities near age-restricted communities in Central South Carolina. Midlands Health Center, Newberry Memorial Hospital, Palmetto Health Stroke Center and McLeod Health are some of the great healthcare facilities available to active adults in Central South Carolina 55+ communities.

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