Charleston SC

#10. Charleston, SC

This southern city has it all — a charming waterfront location, colorful homes along “Rainbow Row” and year-round warm weather that makes it easy to get outside and stay active.

Since Charleston has been around for nearly 350 years, the city’s streets and buildings practically ooze history. English colonists founded this bustling commercial city in 1670, attracted by the deep water of Charleston Harbor and access to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Because of the city’s long history, you won’t find many cookie-cutter homes to retire to in Charleston. Plus, the area’s property taxes are relatively low compared to other cities, which means you’ll be able to keep more of your hard-earned savings by moving here. Charleston is also home to some fabulous restaurants (and they’re not just serving up Southern cuisine, either), as well as many galleries, studios and art museums, like the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Love to golf? You’re in luck. There are more than a dozen world-class golf courses in Charleston, including the Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Course (which also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool!). It’s not difficult to stay active in your retirement years in Charleston, which has tons of great paths, parks and historic sites for walking or leisurely biking — you can catch some amazing sunsets walking along the harbor, Waterfront Park and the Battery.

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