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Retire in Due West, South Carolina?
Overview: Nestled in the Upcountry of South Carolina, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Civil War history, the quaint little college town of Due West makes its home. Legend says that it takes its name from an old trading post established by a man named Duett.
The heart and soul of Due West is Erskine College, a private Christian liberal arts college with a 90-acre campus. All of Erskine's 575 students live on campus, and no alcohol is allowed. The college is known for its 14,000 square foot Bowie Arts Center, which exhibits antique furniture, clocks, porcelain pieces and music boxes from around the world. The music department has a full calendar of public performances, and the athletic department is active with 14 teams participating in NCAA Divsion II games. There are a few shops and restaurants, with more shopping venues and services in Abbeville (12 miles), in Belton (16 miles) or in Greenwood (18 miles).
Many of the town's antebellum homes and commercial structures are on the National Register of Historic Places, and neighborhoods are leafy and well kept. Home styles, in addition to pre-Civil War, include brick ranch ramblers, bungalows, Charlestons (one room wide with a covered porch or two-story veranda) and more.
Population: 1,300 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 7% below the national average
Median Home Price: $130,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 47 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Self Regional Healthcare, 18 miles away in Greenwood, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? No, but Self Regional Healthcare, 18 miles away in Greenwood, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Due West is racially diverse, and local police are known to be on the lookout for speeders. The town has a nice reputation.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the distance to a hospital should be weighed.
South Carolina is nicknamed the Palmetto State and its motto is "Dum spiro spero," which is Latin for "While I Breath, I Hope." It is 40th in size in the United States and was the eighth state to be admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788. The largest city and state capital is Columbia.
Formerly known as the Province of South Carolina, the area was also one of the 13 Colonies that declared its independence during the American Revolution. The state was the first to secede from the Union and was the first and founding state of the Confederate States of America.
South Carolina is in what is considered the Deep South and is bordered by the states of Georgia on the south and North Carolina on the north.
The state does not host any major professional sport franchises. However, the Carolina Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes actually represent both North Carolina and South Carolina.
Population - 4,961,018
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 64%
Median household income - $45,483
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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