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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Seductive Pawleys Island Enchants with its Unhurried Pace, Clean Wide Beach and Shaded Lanes with Beautiful Homes

Tucked on a very narrow barrier island along South Carolina's northern coast, seductive Pawleys Island casts a spell over nearly everyone. Unhurried and well planned, it is part of the Grand Strand and has long been a summer resort favorite.

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A nonchalant, prosperous seaside vibe permeates just about everything in Pawleys Island, from the historic district with its dozen stately antebellum homes to the elegant inns and tasteful art galleries that cater to the few tourists that wander into town. Magnolia trees and live oaks shade quiet lanes, and the beach is lined with cottages and large private homes, many of them vacation rentals. Tall hotels and condominiums, however, are few. The southern end of town has a clean, wide public access beach, and the marshes between the island and the mainland, which is accessible via two causeways, teem with shrimp and crabs and even kayakers. Ocean Highway has many of the town's retailers, including restaurants, spas, a grocery, real estate agents and more.

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Road signs are small, and the speed limit in most parts of town is 25 mph, which reflects the leisurely pace of life here. Planned communities include Pawleys Plantation, which has upscale homes and tucked-away beaches.

Population:  135 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  75%

Cost of Living:  18% above the national average

Median Home Price: $500,000

Climate:   The average January high is 56 degrees, and the average July high is 88 degrees. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Waccamaw Community Hospital, nine miles away in Murrells Inlet, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Waccamaw Community Hospital, 9 miles away in Murrells Inlet, is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College Educated:   85%

Is South Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   Hurricanes are always a possibility.

Notes:   The Gray Man is a cloaked ghost who wanders the beach and warns residents about impending hurricanes, or so they say. Ocean Highway can get busy at times. Pawley's Island and it neighbor Litchfield Beach are often considered one town. Local population growth has been 30% within the last 10 years. Home prices have increased 3% during the last year. Most serious shopping occurs in nearby Myrtle Beach.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although the distance to a hospital should be weighed.

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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 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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