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Retire in Mauldin, South Carolina?
Overview: In upstate South Carolina, suburban Mauldin sits in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is only 150 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, 101 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina and eight miles from Greenville, South Carolina, the Greenville County seat. It is a pleasant, well-managed place and has grown by 15% in the last decade.
Mauldin has a main street but no tradiional downtown. It is, though, planning a 24-acre mixed-use center with a village green to create an entirely new town center. The Mauldin Cultural Center, which was an old elementary school not too long ago, hosts a variety of performances and has a free concert series. Residents also enjoy a zoo, an active community theatre, a science center, a sports center and four city parks. Movies in the Park brings residents together under the stars throughout the summer, and the annual BBQ Cook Off brings them together for great food every September.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, scenic, 400-acre Lake Conestee Nature Park is just five miles away and has an abundance of wildlife, including 170 different bird species. The city has only one golf course, but five more are within a short drive. Many homes are made of brick, and Federal-style residences are for sale in the higher price ranges.
Population: 25,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 34%
Cost of Living: 10% below the national average.
Median Home Price: $180,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Simpsonville, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Simpsonville, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Greenlink but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Notes: Mauldin is racially diverse. The city endured some street flooding during Hurricane Irma in September, 2017. Mauldin High School has received national attention for its excellence.
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 65% higher than the national average.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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 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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