South Carolina City Named One Of The Best Places For Retirement
As much as we love living in Charlotte, my wife and I have talked about downsizing to a smaller city when we reach retirement age. There are a number of reasons for wanting to live in a less populous place. For one thing, there would be less traffic. Living in a smaller city might also bring us closer to nature, whether it were a coastal community or a mountain/lake town. We could really go either way.
HGTV went on the hunt for the 20 Best Small Towns to Retire. They started with places that have maximum population of 100,000 residents. From there, the HGTV folks looked for a low cost of living, availability of affordable housing, public safety, access to good-quality healthcare, and low tax rates.
Of course, there’s more to a good quality of life than just the financial aspect of retirement. What about things to do for active retirees such as outdoor recreation, museums, sporting events, music venues, and educational opportunities? Are there good places for walking, biking, shopping, and dining?
Once all of those factors were considered, HGTV came up with its list of the 20 best retirement destinations. Surprisingly, there isn’t a single one in Florida. The very first “small town” on the list is actually one of my favorite places in the Carolinas. But I don’t consider it to be a small town at all. Less than two hours southwest of Charlotte is where you’ll find the vibrant yet manageable city of Greenville, South Carolina.
Greenville sits in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so it’s often a little cooler than Charlotte. And according to HGTV, the cost of living is low, which is something many retirees need to consider when choosing a place to spend their golden years. Greenville also boasts ample medical facilities, a convenient airport, and it’s often a stop for major touring musical acts.
There’s plenty to see and do in Greenville. My family and I have enjoyed riding our bikes on the 20-plus-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, visiting the 26-acre Falls Park on the Reedy (top), and catching a Greenville Drive baseball game at Fluor Field. I’ve also found the impressive restaurant scene in downtown Greenville to be on par with that of much larger cities. I’m not saying my wife will be retiring to Greenville anytime soon, but it’s definitely a place worth considering. You can see the complete HGTV list here.
Travel Experts Say This Is The Most Picturesque Small Town in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to some incredible small towns. From the mountains to the coast and everywhere in between. With so many spots, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Especially when each has something unique to offer. Many are gorgeous, and while we know that it’s nice to see others recognize that beauty. The travel experts over at North Carolina Travel Guides recently ranked the most picturesque small towns in the country. And they include 6 North Carolina towns on the list. But what is the most picturesque small town in North Carolina?
Their team worked to find the 120 most picturesque small towns in America. These towns are the ones that are “an absolute must-see and that one shouldn’t miss out on this summer.” So how exactly did they do this? North Carolina Travel Guides travel experts compared 500 small towns to create this list of 120. Metrics used to determine the most picturesque included search trends, popularity with photographers, and popularity for photography with the general public. And I know what you’re thinking. If this was commissioned by North Carolina travel experts they were probably biased. Right? Wrong. The top towns are not in NC. In fact, while North and South Carolina each had 6 towns included in the 120, the SC ones ranked significantly higher.
One South Carolina town ranked number 6, another 11th, and a third 23rd. The highest ranking NC town? It was 50th. So no bias here! Towns in both Carolinas are spread between all areas of the states. So whether you are looking for a quiet spot for a weekend getaway, a weeklong vacation, or a place to relocate you’ll want to read this list. Below you’ll find the top-ranked picturesque small town and towns in North Carolina followed by those in South Carolina. You can read the North Carolina Travel Guides article here.