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Retire to South Carolina

South Carolina, the 8th state to join the Union in 1788, is in the Southeast with North Carolina to the north and Georgia to the south.

Myrtle Beach, SC
Beach houses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Large cities include Columbia, the capital, and Charleston.

South Carolina's topography spans from the coastal plains near the Atlantic ocean, to the interior hill country called the Sandhills and Piedmont to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest.

The climate is hot, humid summers and mild winters with higher than average levels of precipitation.

Leading sectors in South Carolina's economy are agriculture, lumber, textiles and clothing and automobile manufacturing. South Carolina ranks as a low tax state.

Retirement Cities

South Carolina is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at South Carolina videos.

Greenville, SC
To the Greenville, SC City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Taxes, Medical Care, Diversity, Recreation
Population: 61,397
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
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Hilton Head, SC
To the Hilton Head, SC City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Population Density, Taxes, Home Energy Use
Population: 39,412
City Type: East Coast, Golf
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Local Resources:
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Columbia, SC
To the Columbia, SC City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Population Growth, Population Density, Taxes, Medical Care, Diversity
Population: 133,358
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers, State Capital
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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