With mild temperatures throughout the state and beaches along its Atlantic shoreline, South Carolina has much to offer as a retirement destination. The Greenville-Spartanburg area in the northwest corner of the state is an affordable, thriving metropolitan area for all ages. Along its Atlantic shorelines to the east, the Palmetto State earns its nickname with popular coastal cities like Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Savannah. South Carolina living is filled with Southern hospitality and charm, which may explain why the state has a higher-than-average senior population.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 150 senior living communities in South Carolina that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in South Carolina is about $3,500.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in South Carolina is rated as basic. You can access the state’s reports on health regulation enforcement actions to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In South Carolina, assisted living communities — also called community care residential facilities — provide personal assistance, such as help with activities of daily living (ADLs), plus room and board to two or more persons 18 years or older for more than one day at time. These communities are designed to accommodate residents’ changing needs and preferences; maximize residents' dignity, autonomy, privacy, independence, and safety; and encourage family and community involvement. ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications. Included in this definition is any community that offers care for individuals who have mental illness or disabilities.
Overall, the cost of living in South Carolina is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of South Carolina’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, South Carolina leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Columbia and Charleston, tend to be more progressive.
South Carolina’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, meaning the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold to mild winters. The higher elevations of the Upstate region lead to less moisture in the air, whereas humidity and precipitation are higher along the state’s eastern coastline.