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Retire in Edisto Beach, South Carolina?
Overview: Tiny Edisto Beach is at the mouth of the Edisto River on the southern South Carolina coast. Once populated by rice, indigo, and cotton plantations, today it is a quiet seaside residential community.
Locals enjoy four miles of pristine, white sand beaches with no changing rooms, lifeguards, food stands or crowds. Dogs are not allowed on the sand during sea turtle nesting periods. Palmetto Boulevard, the main drag through town, has several beach access points. Homes line the sand and reach about five blocks inland. A bike path leads riders past boutique shops and restaurants. The Edisto Art Guild sponsors a concert series, an art walk, and community theater productions. The Edisto Beach marina hosts live music, fishing tournaments, ecotours and fishing charters. Bay Creek Park has an interpretive center, a fishing and crabbing dock, as well as a weekly arts and crafts market. The historic Plantation Golf Course at Edisto covers a large chunk of town.
To the north, Edisto State Park is an easy getaway. Its Environmental Learning Center has interactive exhibits, turtle talks and turle walks. Visitors enjoy fishing for flounder or spot tail in the salt marshes or along the shore. The park is an excellent place to launch a kayak adventure into Big Bay Creek.
Population: 600 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 65%
Cost of Living: 22% above the national average
Median Home Price: $415,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The nearest accredited hospital is 20 miles away in Beaufort.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
College Educated: 64%
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricane Irma flooded parts of Edisto Beach in 2017. The community could flood again in the future.
Notes: Edisto Beach has maintained its population in the last 10 years. It has just one road in and out. Charleston is about 50 miles away and where many people go to shop. Racial diversity is minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although it is a remote place.
South Carolina is nicknamed the Palmetto State and its motto is "Dum spiro spero," which is Latin for "While I Breath, I Hope." It is 40th in size in the United States and was the eighth state to be admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788. The largest city and state capital is Columbia.
Formerly known as the Province of South Carolina, the area was also one of the 13 Colonies that declared its independence during the American Revolution. The state was the first to secede from the Union and was the first and founding state of the Confederate States of America.
South Carolina is in what is considered the Deep South and is bordered by the states of Georgia on the south and North Carolina on the north.
The state does not host any major professional sport franchises. However, the Carolina Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes actually represent both North Carolina and South Carolina.
Population - 4,961,018
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 64%
Median household income - $45,483
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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