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Great Places to Retire in South Carolina

Aiken – Wealthy plantation owners from Charleston, SC, founded this town and learned it was ideally suited for year around sports. It enabled them to indulge in their passion for horses. There are five polo fields in Aiken today and three horse training facilities. This city of 25,000, according to the 2000 census, is one of the three fastest growing cities in the state. It offers excellent golf and a full calendar of cultural activities. (Click here to view full report)

Beaufort – Picturesque Beaufort is small southern community with a population of about 13,000. It is on the Intracoastal Waterway, just 34 miles from Hilton Head Island. It has a rich history and many structures are preserved. It is a friendly place where visitors come to browse the galleries and boutiques. The surrounding area includes the Sea Islands numbering about 60 in all. Some have lovely communities with excellent golf courses. (Click here to view full report)

Charleston – Charleston (population 100,000) is a charming southern city with cultural sophistication and all the amenities. It is also a major ocean seaport with a significant military presence. There are more than a half-dozen barrier islands nearby with interesting residential communities, and a number of vibrant inland communities as well. Charleston itself has a well-preserved residential historic district. (Click here to view full report)

Clemson – Clemson (population 14,000) is located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also home to Clemson University with 16,000 students. Nestled in rolling hills, it is an area with small towns tucked into the countryside, great natural beauty, a long and interesting history, many cultural options, and outstanding outdoor recreation. Nearby Greenville (30 miles away) is the nearest resource center. (Click here to view full report)

Conway – Conway (population 13,000) is located just inland from Myrtle Beach, which is on the Atlantic coast. It is a college town and host to Coastal Carolina University with nearly 7,000 students. It is an historic community with an active arts program and busy events calendar. The city is also adjacent to Myrtle Beach, which offers a wealth of amenities and entertainment. (Click here to view full report)

Folly Beach – See Charleston report.

Georgetown – See Myrtle Beach report.

Hilton Head Island – Hilton Head Island is a world-class resort destination on the South Carolina coast, just north of Savannah, Georgia. The island’s population is just over 34,000 but accommodates well over two million visitors a year — which means vast amenities for residents. It is known for its outstanding golf, excellent tennis facilities, and 12 miles of near-flat, fine-grained sand beaches. (Click here to view full report)

Kiawah – Kiawah (population approximately 1,160) is a barrier island along the Atlantic coast, 24 miles south of Charleston, SC. This planned resort community has 10 miles of undisturbed sand beaches, miles of paved bike paths, world-class golf (five championship golf courses), and an outstanding tennis program, plus pools, canoeing, and fishing. Nearby Charleston provides the many amenities available to residents. (Click here to view full report)

Isle of Palms – See Charleston report.

Little River – See Myrtle Beach report.

Murrells Inlet – See Myrtle Beach report.

Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach is a very popular and growing retirement destination. The area population is nearly 200,000 and there are 120 golf courses and numerous resort-type communities. It is a huge tourist destination with 13.7 million visitors annually. It offers great beaches, amusements, shows, and many amenities. (Click here to view full report)

North Myrtle Beach – See Myrtle Beach report.

Pawley’s Island – See Myrtle Beach report.

Seabrook Island – Seabrook Island is a 2,200-acre resort island located 24 miles south of Charleston, SC, and adjacent to Kiawah Island. If offers over three miles of pristine sand beaches, two championship golf courses, outstanding tennis, and all of the facilities of a first class resort. It draws on nearby Charleston for the many amenities its residents seek. (Click here to view full report)

Sullivan’s Island – See Charleston report.

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