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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.
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.
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.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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