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Northlake, South Carolina
A Waterfront Town Popular with Tourists, Northlake Has Well-tended, Leafy Neighborhoods and a Reasonable Cost of Living
Overview: Northlake is a residential census-designated place in upstate South Carolina, adjacent to Anderson, the county seat, and about 30 miles southwest of Greenville.
The community sits on both sides of a northern offshoot of 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell, a man-made reservoir that is one of the most popular recreation areas in the South. Tourists can easily reach the reservoir via Interstate 85, and they and residents alike enjoy water skiing, fishing, camping, swimming and wildlife watching. Northlake neighborhoods are leafy, meandering, low density and well tended with new Craftsmans, plantation styles and brick ranch ramblers. Homes directly on the water tend to be larger and have covered boat docks. Nearly all shopping and dining options are in Anderson.
Population: 4,400 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 43%
Cost of Living: 10% below the national average
Median Home Price: $250,000
Climate: Summer daytime temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Anmed Health in Anderson, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Anmed Health in Anderson, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 30%
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 70% higher than the national average.
Notes: Northlake has grown by 18% within the last decade.
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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