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Retire in Easley, South Carolina?
Overview: 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: $155,000
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
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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