Myrtle Beach : South carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, long a favorite beach and golf resort, is now a popular retirement community with over 300,000 people in the Metro, including many active adults 55+. The "Grand Strand" has a community for every type of person. Myrtle Beach has become extremely attractive as a retirement community because of its low-costs, 120 golf courses, varied housing arrangements, and of course – that great sandy beach that runs uninterrupted for almost 60 miles – from Pawley’s Island in the south to North Myrtle Beach.

The downtown area features some older infrastructure and buildings to match. A somewhat honky-tonk amusement park on the beach may not be what the average retiree is looking for, but their grandchildren probably will! There is always something to do for active adults 55+ in Myrtle Beach - from golf to fishing to shopping to more than 1800 restaurants.  It is a dynamic, fast-growing city of 30,000. There is a new and very convenient airport just a few miles from the downtown which features many low cost air carriers, such as Spirit Airlines.

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Where to Retire in Myrtle Beach and Home Prices

Myrtle Beach has every type of retirement community option– from living in the heart of the city to all types of planned communities farther out from town. Some are 55+ age restricted, while many others are open to anyone, but in effect 50 plus.  See link at top right for Directory of Active Communities.
Real estate prices in the area tend to vary tremendously, reflecting the intense competition for retirees.  Careful research will turn up  bargains.  According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of a home during the second quarter of 2018, was $222,600 in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area. Property taxes are are based upon 4%-6% of appraised market value multiplied by a millage rate between 100 to 200. Typical taxes for a full time resident under 65 for a home valued at $150,000 would be about $900 and $500 for someone over 65. Homeowners 65 and over can be eligible for a $50,000 homestead exemption.


What is special about Myrtle Beach

• The Grand Strand – one of the world’s longest sections of perfect beach • Tremendous variety of shopping and restaurants • Popular theatre with big name acts every day of the year • 120 golf courses • A housing style for every taste and budget • Mild climate • SC is considered a tax-friendly state for retirement


What is not special about Myrtle Beach

 A Wings store ( beach necessities) on every corner; traffic; spring break; living in a tourist town


Who will like retirement in Myrtle Beach

Although Myrtle Beach is extremely popular with retirees, only 15% of its population is over 65, so you won’t feel as if you are totally surrounded by older people. Naturally many of its developments are aimed at or are restricted to 55+; the composition in those communities will be different.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism, Golf, Retail, Healthcare, Real Estate, Construction

Climate and Physical Environment

Myrtle Beach is the first community in South Carolina as you come from the north. The terrain is dominated by its long stretch of Ocean beach. Stretching away from the water the terrain is flat and sub-tropical. The average July high is 91 and the average January low is 34, August is the wettest month.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are seven featured theatres in Myrtle Beach, helping it deserve its reputation as a hot spot for live family entertainment, music, dance, comedy, and celebrity concerts. Among the more famous venues is the Carolina Opry, which features a continuous stream of big name acts. The Palace Theatre is the home of Le Grand Cirque, and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stamped Dinner and Show is worth a visit.



As is the case with many resort communities, the crime rate is high - about twice the national average.

Medical facilities

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center


Myrtle Beach International is convenient and offers low-cost fares to many destinations; Other than walking on the beach for miles, the community itself is not walkable and is considered car dependent.


Valuable Links

South Carolina retirement guide.
More about retiring in Myrtle Beach

Seaside Vacations rentals

Vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach


What people are saying about Myrtle Beach

Luxurious complex
Dock3635 What complex are you talking about? Grand Dunes?
Posted by nitneylion on February 28, 2014
Health Care in Myrtle Beach
To Jo Carol. The Myrtle Beach area is the 14th place we have lived on both Coasts and is by far the best. We have been here 11 years and have had an appendix removed, a hernia repaired and by-pass surgery at the Grand Strand Medical Center with excellent results. They are the #1 rated cardiac surgery hospital in the state. You should feel comfortable moving here as regards to medical care. The VA hospital in Charleston,SC is less then 2 hours from here.
Posted by wdcredit on February 27, 2014
Great Place to Live
We have lived in the area for 11 years moving here from Connecticut and love it here. Low taxes, inexpensive golf, great weather and a melting pot for retired people looking for a wonderful place to live. Medical care is excellent and much to do. We live in the county so have no municipal tax. Home insurance rates can be very expensive if you live more than 5 miles from the ocean.
Posted by wdcredit on February 27, 2014
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