A small town environment along with a major university awaits those who choose Clemson, South Carolina as their retirement community. This town of about 19,000 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 26,000 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. Photo of South Carolina Botanical Garden, courtesy of Wikipedia and Daderot (public domain); photo of Bowman Field and Sikes Hall of Clemson University courtesy of Wikipedia and Chris Pruitt, photo of Lake Hartwell courtesy of Wikipedia and blahedo, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/.
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