Cheap towns and cities to retire to in South Carolina with home prices in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.
Small beach towns with great seaside communities.
Little River, South Carolina
Little River is a small sleepy town of 9,000 along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, near the North Carolina border. The cost of living here is 3% below the national average and the average age is 45+. Little River is the oldest town along the Grand Strand, the state's famous 60 mile long stretch of beach and it is known for its seafood and floating casinos (two are docked at the marina). Each year, this little town plays host to a number of fun festivals, including the annual Blue Crab Festival, the Little River Oktoberfest, the Shrimp and Jazz Festival and the Christmas Market and more.
The town’s recreational activities include golfing, fishing, boating, visiting Vereen’s Memorial Gardens and more. Little River has much to offer anyone who loves seafood, fishing and a gentle way of life.
BEAUFORT, S.C. is a small college town and boating community. The city population range is 10,000-25,000.
The area offers a laid back atmosphere that most retirees find very relaxing. Beaufort is located in Beaufort County. Savannah is a short 39 miles away.
When considering the best places to retire, climate is always a factor. The average Temps in January range from 41-60 degrees. While the crime rate is on the higher than average side, you can retire here with a modest annual income of $40,000.
Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
State Sales Tax: Yes, State Income Tax: Yes
The Old South lives on in the quaint seaside charm of Beaufort, South Carolina. Known as the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands”, this popular retirement community of 11,000 lies in the Sea Islands or “Low Country” area of South Carolina, just north of Hilton Head.
304 acres of the town have been designated as a National Historic Landmark. That rich history is reflected in the horse-drawn carriages that roll along streets in the town’s charming historic district that are overhung with Spanish moss.
There are 3 major military installations here that provide a solid economic underpinning and a lowering of the average age in the area. Those include the U.S. Marine Corps Recruitment Depot at Parris Island, the Naval Air Station, and the Beaufort naval hospital. Here is more information about what it is like to retire in South Carolina.
Easley, South Carolina
Lush and low key, Easley is nestled in northwestern South Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The cost of living here is 7% below the national average. Outdoor recreation is plentiful with hiking and biking trails all around, and cultural amenities include a historic site, museums and a community theater. Shopping offers all of the basics, including a J.C. Penny's, a Home Depot, a Lowe's and other large retailers. Easley is not an action-packed place to retire, but it is a peaceful city with a welcoming, small-town feeling about it. Summer temperatures are in the 80’s and 90’s, winters are cold with rain and occasional snow.