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Overview: Along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, near the North Carolina border, the sleepy village of Little River, South Carolina makes its home. Life here moves at a gentle pace, and playing in the water is a way of life.
Little River is the oldest town along the Grand Strand, the state's famous 60 mile long stretch of beach and entertainment venues, and it is known for its seafood and floating casinos (two are docked at the marina). Fishermen and shrimpers have worked these waters for years, and their daily catches are served in the local waterfront restaurants. Each year, this little town plays host to a number of fun festivals, including the annual Blue Crab Festival, Oktoberfest, the Shrimp and Jazz Festival and the Christmas Market, to name just a few. Residents enjoy golfing, fishing, boating, visiting Vereen's Memorial Gardens and more. Homes include simple bungalows, brick contemporaries, ranch ramblers and some spectacular mansions. Condos and town homes are in good supply.
Population: 9,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 55%
Cost of Living: 10% below the national average
Median Home Price: $175,000
Climate: Summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild. The average January high is 56 degrees, and the average July high is 88 degrees. The sun shines 215 days of the year, and the area receives roughly 4 inches of rain per month.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 14 miles away in Myrtle Beach, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 14 miles away in Myrtle Beach, is accredited.
Public Transit: Coast Transit Plus provides on demand van service.
Crime Rate: Slightly above the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 25%
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes and tropical storms are not unknown here. Hurricane Florence in 2018 flooded neighborhoods, uprooted trees and damaged power lines.
Notes: Little River has grown by 6% in the last 10 years. Residents enjoy easy access to the Grand Stand and several highways. The beach is about 10 minutes away.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the higher than average crime rate should be kept in mind.
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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