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)
With just over 120,000 residents, Charleston is easily the largest place in our top 10. It’s packed with things to do for retirees—a variety of adult education options, libraries, arts, shopping at the Charleston City Market, dining at places like Fig, Husk, and many other one-word havens of deliciousness, and more physicians than you could possibly see in a lifetime.
However, because we calculated retiree amenities per capita (rather than total), this wasn’t where Charleston truly shined. Where it really scored points in our analysis was in its high cost of living score of 100, and for its proximity to an international airport. In other words, if you ever run out of things to do in Charleston, you’re just 15 miles from hopping on a plane to Fiji.