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. If you are about to retire, consider relocating to an apartment near Bluffton, SC.
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. Below is a list of the best places to retire in SC:
1. Town of Hilton Head Island
2. Town of Bluffton
3. City of Charleston
4. City of Myrtle Beach
5. Town of Summerville
6. City of Goose Creek
7. City of Beaufort
8. City of Conway
9. City of Hanahan
10. Town of Mount Pleasant
Perhaps it’s no surprise to see Hilton Head Island, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach in our top 10; after all, they are home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the state. What may surprise you though, is that we didn’t even take beaches into account in our ranking, and they still came in on top. To find out what we did consider in our analysis, keep on reading. We’ll go over the method behind this list and just why each of these 10 places ranked so well.
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)
Once we settled on our criteria, we pulled a list from the U.S. Census of all of the places with populations over 10,000 residents, which gave us a total of 37 places. Using the above criteria, we ranked each of these from a score of 1 to 37, with the lower number being the best. Then, we averaged the rankings into an overall Big Deal Score, where the lower score, in this case Hilton Head Island’s, was the best.
A quick note about our criteria: You may have noticed that we awarded points for a high cost of living. We did this with the idea that, once you are retired, it’s time to treat yourself. An area’s high cost of living is a good way to measure just how luxurious it is.
Bluffton came in as having the best weather in the state, with an average summer temperature of 82 and an air quality score of 41 (the lower, the better).
Bluffton may be one of the most charming towns we’ve seen, let alone on our list. With its Old Town situated, postcard-like, along the May River, the old Rose Hill Mansion sprawling across the lawn like an advertisement for the state, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q’s ribs… it’s pretty much anyone’s dream, especially for those retirees who have saved up to afford it.
With some of the most retiree amenities per capita, Bluffton living doesn’t exactly come cheap. The cost of living here is nine percent higher than the national average. Of course, in our analysis, this was good news for its ranking. Perhaps not surprisingly, Bluffton had the same weather score in our analysis as its neighbor, Hilton Head Island, tying the two at the top of this criterion. Plus, with just 3,282 crimes per 100,000 people, Bluffton was also one of the 10 safest on our list.