South Carolina Retirement Communities

Interested in one of the South Carolina Retirement Communities? Here's some information you'll need to know!

South Carolina ranks 6th overall in popularity for retirement. The climate is called “humid-sub-tropical” with summers being hot and humid while winters are mild. The median home price is well below the national average. This topped with the fact that homeowners receive a substantial exemption of the first $50,000 of the market value of their home makes South Carolina very appealing to new retirees.

There are 4 regions in the state: The Low Country stretches from the ocean area across the southern part of the state, the Sand Hills which separates the Piedmont in the west from the low country, and Upstate where you’ll find the highest elevations.

Retirement income is taxed so this is something you may want to keep in mind if one of the South Carolina retirement communities might be something you are considering.

Money Magazine lists the top 6 cities to retire in South Carolina as:


• Columbia

• Greenville

• Mount Pleasant

• North Charleston

• Rock Hill

The coastal area from Myrtle Beach with its over 100 public golf courses to Charleston and beyond is one of the most popular and fastest growing retirement areas in the entire country. Unfortunately though, that also makes it one of the most expensive areas of the state to retire. If this area is appealing to you, you might want to check out some of the smaller retirement communities in South Carolina like Bluffton, Conway and Johnsonville…all just an hour or so from the coast but a lot more affordable.

In the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest section of the state you’ll find picturesque lakes and a slower paced lifestyle. You may find the small town life in small towns like Clemson, Seneca and Pendleton to be just what you’re looking for.

In the Piedmont area in western South Carolina you’ll find beautiful rolling hills with an abundance of green pastures and horse farms. So, if steeplechases and polo matches are more to suited to you than deep sea fishing and walks on the beach then this may be the right place for you.

Whatever your interest is, South Carolina has a lot to offer. Just remember to do your homework before you decide to call one of the many South Carolina Retirement Communities home.

Is South Carolina on your list of "Best Places To Retire"?

We have found several Active Adult communities in South Carolina. Check out our page on Age Restricted Active Adult Communities in South Carolina

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