Florence : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Florence

Florence is located in the coastal plain of South Carolina, with a population of approximately 37,000 (2010 census).  It's a historical town known for its role as a railroad center for the Confederacy.  After the war, Florence became a railway hub, and the the transportation industry is still important to it today, along with the healthcare industry, business and finance.  Downtown Florence has been undergoing major redevelopment over the past several years.  Francis Marion University is located here. Photo of Aerial view of Florence Civic Center courtesy of Wikipedia and Florence Conventions and Visitors Bureau, photo of  The Performing Arts Center in Downtown Florence courtesy of Wikipedia and Fmpatriot, Photo of Aerial view of Florence Civic Center courtesy of Wikipedia and Florence Conventions and Visitors Bureau, photo of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, courtesy of Wikipedia and Fmpatriot,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Florence and Home Prices

The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in Florence to be $193,800, in the 4th quarter of 2021.

What Is Special about Florence

Florence is in a good location as it is where two interstates intersect (I95 and I20), which makes for easy traveling and allows it to be an industial hub. It is half-way between New York City and Miami, Florida, and not far from the beaches.  There are many neighborhood parks on over 600 acres and miles of trails.  Although summers are hot, the other three seasons are mild.


What Is Not Special about Florence

Florence has hot and humid summers and a high crime rate.  It is not considered a walkable community.


Who Will Like Retirement in Florence

Retirees who would like a small to mid-size college town that has mild winters, many modes of transportation, and a new  Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library.  Florence offers quality healthcare with two major hospital systems, along with a VA Primary Health Care Center.   Myrtle Beach is only about 70 miles away.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Industry, healthcare, business and finance


Climate and Physical Environment

The summers in Florence are hot and humid with the average July temperature 81 degrees.  The other three seasons are mild with the average January temperature 45 degrees. The wettest month is July.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Art Trail Gallery; Florence After Five Concert Series; Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library; Florence Little Theater; Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History; The 10,000 seat Florence Civic Center.



The crime rate in Florence is almost double the national average.


Medical Facilities

McLeod Regional Medical Center; Carolinas Hospital System; VA Primary Health Care Center



Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority; Florence Regional Airport; Amtrak


Valuable Links

City of Florence

Florence Civic Center


What people are saying about Florence

We\'ve been through Oregon and camped in Florence at the casino mentioned in this article many times. We\'ve always found Florence to be a delightful place to visit with a great river east of town. We think that the hot ticket would be to get a small home or RV lot 5-10 miles east of town where the fog wouldn\'t be as much of a factor but there was still access to the river. The old town is very nice with some excellent restaurants and cute shops. It\'s a friendly town near other wonderful coastal towns.
Posted by lauracornwell on February 22, 2017

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