The city of Charleston has recently received a lot of recognition as one of the 10 best places to retire in America by not only Americas Best Places To Retire but many other reputable retirement sites like Money Magazine.
The city offers retirees a variety of activities including everything from touring the legendary historic district, lush gardens, plantations and forts, to shopping the many antique and specialty shoppes of the historic Charleston City Market. Retirees also enjoy fine dining, a variety of beach activities, boating, fishing and 20 Championship golf courses. Top all of this with its southern charm, close proximity to the ocean, low cost of living and it's mild winters and you have what many retirees are finding to be a wonderful retirement destination.
For the history buff, the historic district represents over 300 years of well preserved American history. Hundreds of buildings and century old homes from the colonial and antebellum periods line the city streets. There are several museums to enjoy including the nations oldest museum, the Charleston Museum. Fort Sumter is a man-made island fortress where the Civil War began and is rich in history. There are also legendary plantations including Boone Hall, Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place and Drayton Hall which offer a fascinating glimpse into plantation life during the antebellum era.
Many retirees “Charleston Things To Do” includes regular visits to the famous Charleston City Market. The market was completed in 1841 and houses the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum and is populated by over 100 vendors. Within the Market you will find an incredible diversity of clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, food items, artwork, and crafts including the Low Country's famous sweetgrass baskets.
Charleston is home to some of the finest restaurants and chefs in the world. The annual BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival has been praised by Forbes Traveler as one of the top 5 food and wine festivals in the US. The four day festival attracts some of the most celebrated Chefs, culinary professionals and winemakers in the world.
For the golf enthusiast, besides the 20 Championship golf courses, more and more golf course communities are popping up to handle the demand of new residents. Many of these communities offer discounted or free memberships to the club as well as many other amenities.
Now, for the bad news. Although the winters in Charleston are mild, summers are hot and humid with a significant amount of rainfall. Hurricanes are a major threat to the area during the summer and early fall, with several severe hurricanes hitting the area over the years, most notably Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
According to the Congressional Quarterly Press '2008 City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America, the city of Charleston ranks as the 124th most dangerous city larger than 75,000 inhabitants. However, the entire Charleston-North Charleston Statistical Metropolitan Area had a much higher overall crime rate ranking at #21. The crime rate, however has been on the decline for the last 10 years.
All-in-all, the quality of life for retirees in Charleston is very good which is why Americas Best Places To Retire has rated the City of Charleston as one of America's 10 Best Places To Retire.