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Retire in McClellanville, South Carolina?
Overview: The quiet, secluded fishing village of McClellanville, home to artists and writers, is nestled against a stretch of tidal creeks and saltwater marshes on South Carolina's mid-coast. It is a beautiful, simple place whose history began in the mid-19th century as a coastal resort for rice planters seeking relief from summers on the Santee Delta.
Today, shrimpers and Intracoastal Waterway travelers dot Jeremy Creek. Although the town was in the eye of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, it still maintains its classic antebellum and Victorian homes, many on spacious grounds dotted with impressive live oaks. There are no stop lights. There is a mayor but no police department. Just a few shops and churches line Pinckney, the pretty main street. The Village Museum has a family history room, and the active arts council maintains a small gallery. It also offers a variety of workshops. The Hampton Plantation is open for tours, and its mansion, camellia gardens and irrigation canals are popular places to explore.
McClellanville is completely surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest, which is marked by canoe trails and colossal bald cypress trees. The forest's Buck Hall Boat Launch has access to Cape Roman, and the cape has a visitors' center, lighthouse tour and pristine, seldom-seen beaches. There are a few restaurants, two seafood markets, one or two gas stations, a couple of grocery stores and several doctors but other services are few, mostly provided by locals who pitch in when needed. Homes range from modest bungalows to classic coastal antebellum estates.
Population: 535 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 57%
Cost of Living: 20% above the national average
Median Home Price: $300,000
Climate: This area has summer high temperatures in the low 90s, and winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 56 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No. The closest hospital that accepts Medicare patients is in Mount Pleasant, 25 miles away.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The closest hospital that is accredited is in Mount Pleasant, 25 miles away.
Public Transit: Yes, but it mainly travels south to Mt. Pleasant.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: A hurricane is always a possibility.
Notes: McClellanville is isolated. Mount Pleasant is 25 miles away to the south, and Georgetown is 24 miles to the north. The town has grown by 50% within the last 10 to 20 yeas, but racial diversity is still practically non-existent. Many of McClellanville's residents are from families that have lived here for generations, and even with the recent growth, change does not come quickly.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the distance to a hospital should be weighed.
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