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What Clemson is like for active adults

A small town environment along with a major university awaits those who choose Clemson, South Carolina as their retirement community. This town of 13,000 is nestled in the extreme Northwestern corner of South Carolina near the Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee borders. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch into the distance. Atlanta is a mere two hours away via Interstate 85.

Clemson University and its 17,000 students have a major impact. The university is the cultural center of the city. The university’s cultural and sporting facilities provide cultural and recreational opportunities for active adults 55. On game days the 80,000 stadium fills the town with excitement. Seniors may audit classes at the university at no charge. There is plenty to do and see. Lake Hartwell runs through town, Lake Keowee is nearby. Clemson is in the Greenville/Spartanburg metropolitan area.The tax structure is retiree tax friendly. The city has a comprehensive plan with an historic preservation component comprised of two historic districts. The Clemson (train) Depot, built ca. 1916 has been rehabilitated and is now occupied by the local chamber of commerce. For profiles on over 1000 cities and towns go to reviews of the best retirement communities . Read this south carolina retirement guide  Photo of downtown Clemson courtesy of Wikipedia and blahedo.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The college campus is on the north and west ends of town, these neighborhoods are going to be a little noisier. The nearby town of Pendleton and the Lake Keowee area offers additional planned developments for active adults 55+.  We are not aware of any 55+ communities in Clemson; most retirees live in town or nearby developments.
City-Data reported that the median late 2014 selling price for a home in Clemson was about $160,000. Zillow reported the price to be $163,000 in early 2015.  As everywhere, prices vary by neighborhood and size/condition of house.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Known as a friendly town that is easy to enter as a newcomer • Clemson University  brings vitality and youth• South Carolina Botanical Garden • Lake Hartwell • Up until recently this part of the state has been growing rapidly • Tax base is favorable for attracting retirees • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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What is not special about this retirement community

• Not for those who might object to a frequently boisterous college crowd • Growth pressures are intense • Traffic is very heavy near Greenville • University dominates • Faculty and retired faculty can be obnoxious

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What kinds of people like retiring here
Retirees will like living here because it is a college town with many interesting things to do. It also has beautiful natural surroundings.

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Local economy is driven by
Education, manufacturing (BMW and Mercedes both have nearby plants), high tech. View Google Map for Clemson For South Carolina Craigslist
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Climate and Physical Environment

Clemson is located in western South Carolina in an area called the “upcountry”. This rolling country in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is heavily forested.  The average July high is 91, the average January low is 30, and the wettest month is typically March.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Clemson University is a major source of cultural activities. The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the Clemson Little Theatre, and the South Carolina Botanical Gardens are just some of the local cultural attractions. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers classes to older adults through Clemson.
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The overall crime rate in Clemson is low - 22 vs. the U.S. average of 301.  In the 2012 reporting year there was 1 murder and 4 rapes.  Crime may differ by neighborhood.

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Medical facilities
Nearby Oconee Memorial in nearby Seneca has 160 beds. Anderson (20 miles) and Greenville (30 miles) have larger hospitals.
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A major plus is Clemson's Amtrak service. Greenville / Spartanburg Airport is a convenient 44 miles. Clemson Area Transit operates a free bus service on the campus and in town.

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Valuable Links
Don't miss our retirement duel article: "What is the Best State for Retirement:  SC or NC"?
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What people are saying about Clemson

Retiring on Keeowee Key
Does anyone know what it is like to live in the subdivision of Keeowee Key for a retired couple? And is Greenville and Clemson University close enough to make use frequent use of the activities there. I anyone knows anything it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
Posted by j&j on June 08, 2014

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Facts about CLEMSON
  • State: SC
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: Boomer1

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