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Retire in Goose Creek, South Carolina?

Overview: Pleasant Goose Creek is only 10 miles from North Charleston, which is only 7 miles inland from Charleston on the southern South Carolina coast. Not established as a town until 1961, Goose Creek is primarily suburban but has a U.S. Navy presence (the 17,000-acre Naval Weapons Station Charleston is located here).

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This area was once home to cotton plantations, and their ruins are sometimes incorporated into new master planned developments. A good example is Crowfield, which features an old plantation in its housing plans and golf club. Neighborhoods are tidy with Cape Cods, four squares, split levels, Colonials and more. A Publix, a Wal-Mart and a few other box stores are here. Restaurants are mostly Mexican, Chinese and American chains. The town manages 14 parks, a pool, tennis courts and a community center. The Goose Creek Reservoir is popular with paddlers and is inhabited by bluegills, speckled perch and snowy egrets.

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Nearby parks include the Francis Marion National Forest, the Magnolia Plantation and the Old Santee Canal State Park, which commemorates the nation's first canal system with four miles of boardwalks and an interpretive center. Marrington Plantation is a park with deep woods, fishing, wildlife watching and excellent biking and riding trails.

Population:  40,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  19%

Cost of Living:  3% below the national average

Median Home Price: $180,000  

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s.  On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Charleston has several hospitals that accept Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission?   No, but Charleston has several hospitals that are accredited.

Public Transit:   Yes, but it is limited.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:    The area is prone to flooding during tropical storms and hurricanes. It suffered a 1,000 year flood in 2015 and sustained some damage during 2016's Hurricane Matthew.

Notes:    The town is racially diverse and has grown by 65% in the last decade or two. Many military families live here.  

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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South Carolina:

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 Thirteen 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 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.

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Stats:

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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