Murrells Inlet : South carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is a seaside town in Georgetown County, South Carolina, just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, with a population of 8,547 at the 2010 census. The town was once primarily a fishing village, but has grown substantially, along with the rest of the "Grand Strand" in Myrtle Beach, into a popular tourist and retirement location.  The early history of the area goes back to the Waccamaw Indians who settled along the creeks and rivers, and later, with English settlements when the land was divided into plantations. 

Now Murells Inlet is considered to be  the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, and is home to some wonderful golf courses. Picture of Murrell’s Inlet courtesy of Pollinator and Wikipedia; picture of Atalaya, which was was the winter home of industrialist and philanthropist Archer M Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, is courtesy of Rono359 and Wikipedia.


Where to Retire in Murrells Inlet and Home Prices

With an average age of 53, and a variety of housing choices,  Murrells Inlet is becoming a popular retirement town.  Zillow reports the median home value was $216,000 in early 2018.  Home prices vary of course according to location.  There are many active adult communities in Murrell's Inlet ( see link on top right).


What is special about Murrells Inlet

Great food, great golf, great fishing, and right on the water.


What is not special about Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet can be chilly in the winter with the average January temperature under 50 degrees.  The Myrtle Beach area is a tourist destination so it can get crowded during the summer months.


Who will like retirement in Murrells Inlet

Retirees who want to live on or near the water would like it here, along with those who like fresh seafood, golf, boating and beautiful beaches.


Local economy is driven by

Construction and tourism


Climate and Physical Environment

Th average January temperature is about 48 degrees. The average July temperature is 83 degrees. Murrells Inlet is a nature lovers paradise with fresh water rivers, inlets and salt marshes.  The community prides itself on working to maintain the infrastructure and preservation of the environment. 


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

This area is seafood heaven with many restaurants getting rave reviews from Interesting places to visit nearby are Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the world,  and Huntington Beach State Park, which offers hiking trails, campsites and a nature center, along with a beautiful beach.  If it's bright lights and neon you're looking for, Myrtle Beach is just a few miles away.



The crime rate in Murrells Inlet is below the national average.


Medical facilities

Waccamaw Community Hospital is in Murrells Inlet.



The Myrtle Beach International Airport is about 15 miles away, and Amtrak is just 12 miles away in Florence.


Valuable Links

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What people are saying about Murrells Inlet

Whoops - meant to say \"and not 12 miles AS you have reported above.\"
Posted by on June 01, 2016
FYI: Amtrak in Florence SC is about 76 miles from Murrells Inlet (well over an hour away) and not 12 miles are you have reported above.
Posted by on June 01, 2016

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