Independent 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. Senior living in South Carolina 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 55 independent living communities, also simply called retirement communities, in South Carolina.

The median monthly cost of independent living in South Carolina is about $2,400.

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South Carolina Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in South Carolina.

In South Carolina, independent living communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

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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