When it’s time to put away your work shoes for good, there are no better places in South Carolina to spend your golden years than these. If you are about to retire, consider relocating to an apartment in Beaufort, SC.
South Carolina: land of beaches, lazy days, warm weather, golf, and, of course, the home state of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, the epitome of smooth, relaxing music. In short, South Carolina is a retiree’s dream. Obviously, some places in the state are going to be better for retiring than others. Below is a list of the best places to retire in SC:
- Town of Hilton Head Island
- Town of Bluffton
- City of Charleston
- City of Myrtle Beach
- Town of Summerville
- City of Goose Creek
- City of Beaufort
- City of Conway
- City of Hanahan
- Town of Mount Pleasant
How We Created This Ranking
We know you’ve worked hard, perhaps for most of your life; so now that it’s coming time to (finally!) retire, we’re taking the work out of it for you. We came up with five measurable criteria to pinpoint precisely which places in South Carolina would be the best for your every retirement need:
Cost of living (high)
Crime rate (low)
Weather (average summer temperature and air quality)
Ease of travel (distance to nearest international airport)
Retiree amenities per capita (healthcare, adult education, dining, shopping, libraries, arts & entertainment)
Once we settled on our criteria, we pulled a list from the U.S. Census of all of the places with populations over 10,000 residents, which gave us a total of 37 places. Using the above criteria, we ranked each of these from a score of 1 to 37, with the lower number being the best. Then, we averaged the rankings into an overall Big Deal Score, where the lower score, in this case Hilton Head Island’s, was the best.
After Charleston, Beaufort is the oldest city in South Carolina, permeating every part of life in this city with a feeling of charm, tradition, and historic character with its antebellum architecture. Apart from being just a treasure to behold, this city is a wonderful place to live in, particularly for retirees.
In fact, out of all of the places we looked at, Beaufort ranked third for its number of retiree amenities per capita, like the public library, the Habersham Marketplace, and so many delicious restaurants you’ll have dinner plans for weeks. Beaufort also ranked third for its warm summer temperatures and clean air score of 41, and ranked sixth for a cost of living score of 96.