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Meggett, South Carolina
Surrounded by Creeks and Marshes, Mellow Meggett Sits Along Wadmalaw Sound in Southeastern South Carolina and Has an "Ends of the world" Feeling About It
Mellow Meggett sits along Wadmalaw Sound in southeastern South Carolina, about 30 minutes from the Atlantic. In the early 20th century, it was a railroad town and known as the "cabbage capital of the world." Today, it is considered a bedroom community of Charleston, which is about 20 miles away.
Surrounded by creeks, inlets and marshes, Meggett has a country, "ends of the world" feeling. It is mostly residential, with a mix of blue collar tugboat workers, artists and second home owners. All enjoy the languid Lowcountry pace and easy lifestyle. The downtown is small but inviting with a pavilion, a park, a town hall and the restored, 1920s red brick South Carolina Produce Association (SCPA) building. Meggett has embarked on a campaign to restore its cityscape to what it was in 1925, and bringing the SCPA structure back to its original state is a particular point of town pride. Most amenities and services are in Hollywood, about two miles away.
Meggett's neighborhood lanes are dotted with live oaks, pine trees and homes that evoke an earlier time. Plantation, Cape Cod and Colonial styles are common, and many residences back to a creek and have a boat dock or crabbing dock.
Population: 1,400 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 47%
Cost of Living: 42% above the national average
Median Home Price: $650,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 48 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: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 35%
Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Home prices have decreased 9% since last year, and the population has grown 8% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the distance to a hospital and the remote location should be considered.
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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