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Irmo, South Carolina
Inviting Irmo Sits Next to Popular Lake Murray in the Heart of South Carolina's Midlands and is Home to the Okra Strut
A nice town in the heart of South Carolina's Midlands, Irmo has a good reputation and is just outside of the capital city of Columbia. It is sits between two rivers and along the southeast corner of Lake Murray, a sprawling, 50,000-acre reservoir fed by the Saluda River.
With 650 miles of shoreline, 50,000-acre Lake Murray is known as the Jewel of South Carolina and is a magnet for water devotees from around the region. Boating, water skiing and fishing, particularly for shellcrackers and large mouth bass, are popular. Billy Dreher Island State Park spreads across three lake islands and is a favorite spot with fishermen and campers. Lake Murray Marina has a small beach. Irmo's renowned Okra Strut is a 47-year old tradition that includes live music, great food and a parade. The local orchestra has a Sunday concert series. The miles of trails in the adjacent Harbison State Forest meander through hardwood forests and across streams and glades.
Home styles include brick traditional, plantation, Craftsman and more in nicely maintained neighborhoods. Some homes have a waterfront setting. The apartments at Residences at Marina Bay boast lake views.
Population: 13,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 27%
Cost of Living: 18% below the national average
Median Home Price: $300,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Columbia has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Columbia has a hospital that is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: The northern branch of the Columbia library system serves as the Irmo library.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 37%
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Irmo has maintained its population within the last decade, and home prices have increased 12% since a year ago.
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.
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