Daufuskie Island : South carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is located between Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and is just 8 square miles with a full time population of under 500 residents.  The island is made up of a couple of private resorts, residential communities and undeveloped land.  Its history dates back from pre-Colonial days, and was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2001, the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation was founded to preserve its historic and cultural heritage with museums, historical sites, and trails around the island.  The Daufuskie Island Conservancy helps to preserve the ecosystem, flora and fauna.  The island has its own Fire and Rescue Department, a few shops, and a small elementary school.  There are no bridges to Daufuskie Island and all access to it is by boat.  Picture of Haig Point Lighthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Carol M. Highsmith; picture of dophins and ferry courtesy of Wikipedia and Vmswiz.


Where to Retire in Daufuskie Island and Home Prices

There are several different choices of homes on the island, from villas and condos to estate homes.  Prices vary of course, by location of homesites, and range from the $100's  to the $Millions.


What is special about Daufuskie Island

The island is small, with a few residential communities, beautiful beaches, and three golf courses. 


What is not special about Daufuskie Island

The island is only accessible by boat, and there are no grocery stores, shopping or medical facilities. 


Who will like retirement in Daufuskie Island

Those who love boating and living on the water in a very quiet spot may like retiring here.


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Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is in the high 50's, and the average July temperature is in the high 80's


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Daufuskie Island has a few historical sites, museums, restaurants, and art galleries, but for cultural events and activities you can go to Hilton Head or Savannah, Georgia.



The crime rate is low.


Medical facilities

There are no medical facilities here, although Hilton Head is just one nautical mile away.



There are cars on the island, but many residents use bikes or golf carts.  Ferries and water taxis run between Hilton Head and the island several times a day.


Valuable Links

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Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation


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  • State: SC
  • Environment: Boating Community,Island,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: <80 (Very low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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