Assisted Living in South Carolina

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.

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South Carolina Assisted Living Regulations

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.

Cost of Living

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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 98
  • Groceries: 102
  • Housing: 85
  • Utilities: 108
  • Transportation: 88

Demographics

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.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 41% voted Democratic
  • 55% voted Republican
  • 4% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 40
  • Over the age of 55: 31%
  • 2018 population: 5,084,127
  • 2020 population: 5,212,317
  • Estimated 2025 population: 5,547,113

Miscellaneous

  • 47% regularly attend a religious service
  • 26% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 8,051 congregations
  • There are 658 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 69%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 8” (August)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 35 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 43 in April (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 62°F
  • Average summer temperature: 79°F
  • Typical summer high: 95°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 59°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 46°F
  • Typical winter high: 66°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 26°F (January)

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