Retire in Clemson, South Carolina

Retire in Clemson, South Carolina

Those who retire in Clemson will find this to be, first and last, a university town.   With the university comes lots of things to do, cultural events and sporting events.   The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is well worth looking into if you would like to continue to take classes and learn.   Seniors can audit classes at the University at no charge.

The town has 13,000 residents and 17,000 students.  Needless to say, if you live near the university, the noise and traffic can be daunting.   Another choice for retirees might be in the Lake Keowee area where the homes average $160,000 which is high for South Carolina but quite low compared nationally.  The lake is quite large and has several small communities in the surrounding area.  There is plenty of golf, restaurants, places to stay.   No wonder so many people have retired here.

The Clemson area has one of the lowest crime rates in South Dakota.  The weather has just enough of the 4 seasons.  None last too long.   We found that 12% are over the age of 65 and of those over 25 – a whopping 63.3% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.    Forbes Magazine selected Clemson #13 in the top 25 best places to retire, citing warm climate, above average air quality, good state tax climate and good walkability.

But those who retire in Clemson, South Carolina will hear a lot of screaming on Friday night!  That’s college football at its finest.

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Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.