Where are the best places to retire in the U.S.? According to John Brady, founder of TopRetirements.com, the absolute best cities and towns for older Americans have good weather, access to health care, and a certain “wow” factor. Throw in access to adult education, cultural activities, job opportunities for older Americans, low housing costs and income-tax rates, low crime rate, and good walkability and livability — and you get a list of both well-known and lesser-known cities and towns that retirees might fancy.
6. Beaufort, S.C.
Beaufort, a city of just 12,000, is described as a “big retirement destination,” especially for those who like charm, history and golf (you won’t be far from Hilton Head). Also, 304 acres of this charming town in South Carolina’s Low Country have been designated a National Historic Landmark. Plus, Beaufort has a diverse economy — the University of South Carolina has a branch here. Another advantage: South Carolina is an income-tax-friendly state for retirees. Of course, there are some blemishes: if you fancy living in a big city, this might not be the place for you; it is a small town. (It was once named the “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living magazine.) People looking for urban excitement might find this golf- and boating-oriented area boring after a while.