Seneca : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Seneca

Seneca is a community for people of all ages, but especially those that enjoy beautiful lakes, majestic mountains, peaceful surroundings and very nice people.  It is a small town of 8,000 very near the  Lake Keowee recreation area.  It is centrally located between Atlanta and Charlotte, with Greenville, SC and Highlands, NC less than one hour away.  If sports or the lure of a university is important to you, Clemson University is the next town away.  You can always enjoy the outdoors with the mild climate. Picture of Seneca City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and KudzuVine Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/ ; picture of Welcome Sign courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain); photo of Lunney Museum in the Seneca Historic District, courtesy of Wikipedia and KudzuVine (public domain).


Where to Retire in Seneca and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value was $178,889 in early 2020, and calls it a "Very Hot" market at this time.

What Is Special about Seneca

This part of South Carolina  and its Lake Keowee district is up and coming as both a retirement and resort destination. The presence of Clemson University is ad added plus.

What Is Not Special about Seneca

It is a small town.

Who Will Like Retirement in Seneca

Those who want a small town and enjoy outdoor activities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and second homes drive the Seneca economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Seneca is in western South Carolina in the lake district. The average July high temperature is 91 and the average January low is 30. The wettest month is March (6")


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Seneca's Historical District consists of a number of homes and three churches that were built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Nearby Clemson and Greenville are best bets for local culture.


Seneca does have a crime rate higher than the national average, most of it being theft type offences.


Medical Facilities

Oconee Medical Center



The closest major airport is Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport about 50 miles away.


Valuable Links

City of  Seneca

What people are saying about Seneca

Snakes in the lakes a matter of concern?
Posted by JOHN MISANY on February 07, 2013

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