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Retire in Easley, South Carolina?

Overview: Lush, leafy and low key, Easley is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upstate (northwestern) South Carolina. It is growing but still has a country ambiance and is perhaps best known for hosting the annual Big League World Series, the championship for Little Leaguers.

 

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Downtown is lined with well-maintained one and two story brick buildings, and it is the location of Easley's many fun events, including a Friday night outdoor music series and Saturday night movie events. The annual Marine Motorcycle Parade always attracts a large crowd. Retailers include J.C. Penney, Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart and Publix, and chain restaurants are the norm. Higher-end merchants and nicer eateries are about 20 miles away in Greenville. The Easley Farmers' Market runs from April through October and is open on Saturdays. Residents also enjoy a community garden. Cultural amenities include a historic site, two museums and a community theater. Neighborhoods vary from very modest with mobile homes to well-manicured with custom residences. Outdoor recreation is plentiful with hiking trails just beyond town limits. Easley is also bicycle friendly.

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Population:  22,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  40%

Cost of Living:  5% below the national average

Median Home Price:  $135,000

Climate:    Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s.  On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain and 3 inches of snow per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   Yes

Public Transit:   None, but the Easley Senior Center provides rides to medical appointments.

Crime Rate:  Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes, the Pitkens County Library System has a branch here.  It has computer classes, free wi-fi and a home delivery book program for people who cannot get to the library.

Political Leanings:  Very, very conservative

Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:    The tornado risk is 60% above the national average.

Notes:  Racial diversity is minimal, and Baptist church attendance is high.   Easley has a good reputation.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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