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What Aiken is like for active adults

If you like horses and an easy-going, warm weather climate you might want to think about making Aiken, South Carolina your retirement community. This town of almost 30,000 in western South Carolina’s Sand Hill country grew up as a healthy retreat where the wealthy could escape from hot weather. The “Winter Colony” as it is called has always been popular with the horsy set for fox hunting, steeplechase, and polo horses. Many people come here to either raise their horses or watch them race in steeple chases - the Imperial Cup each March and the Holiday Cup in October. Both of these steeplechase races are sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association. The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is a local a tribute to the famous flat racing and steeplechase Thoroughbred horses that have trained here.

The town’s infrastructure is ideal for active adults 55+.There are great restaurants and excellent shopping nearby. The mountains and beaches are not far away and neither is Atlanta. Aiken won the All-America City Award in 1997. For more information about how to retire in South Carolina or towns like Myrtle Beach , Charleston, or Orangeburg. Photo of downtown Aiken courtesy of Wikipedia and Festiva76.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are many active adult communities in the area with a wide variety of facilities, as well as areas within town in nice neighborhoods.
According to City-Data the average price of a home in Aiken in late 2014 was about $145,000. Zillow pegged the average at $148,000 in mid-2015. These prices can be deceptive as there are many homes and estates on the market for millions of dollars, whereas some condominium prices may be far less.

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What is special about this retirement community

 Aiken Tennis Club (court tennis);  University of South Carolina at Aiken; Steeplechase and Thoroughbred racing;  Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum at Hopeland Gardens; Aiken Polo Club's Sunday afternoon matches; Hitchcock Woods (trails); Many active adult developments

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What is not special about this retirement community

It is not considered a walkable community. Aiken's location in the countryside, away from the coast and near the Georiga border, might not be appealing to everyone.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

People who like horses and who like to be active. Many active adults here live in developments built around golf or other activities.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retirement, equestrian activities, education
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Climate and Physical Environment
Aiken is located on the west-central edge of South Carolina. The average July high is 94 and the average January low is 33. June is the wettest month of the year.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

University of South Carolina;  Aiken Academy for Lifelong Learning offers many full time classes;  Outdoor concerts; Ballet and symphony; Good amateur theatre

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The crime rate in Aiken is about average.
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Medical facilities
Aiken Regional Medical Center
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Augusta Regional Airport is 21 miles. It is not considered a walkable community - you have to drive for most errands. I20 is just to the north.

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Valuable Links

Aiken Chamber of Commerce

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Facts about AIKEN
  • State: SC
  • Environment: Rural,Small Town,Equestrian,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jfb

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