When it’s time to put away your work shoes for good, there are no better places in the Palmetto State to spend your golden years than these.
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.
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)
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.