We often dream of retirement. Perhaps somewhere near the water or near family. Other people choose to call the mountains their retirement destination. Maybe you want to live somehwere that you can golf everyday. Wherever it is, you deserve to be somewhere that you can be surrounded by the things you love. And if that is food? Well you’re in luck. A new article by Southern Living recognized the South’s Best Places To Retire. The popular publication recognized 12 cities in different categories, and the best place to retire for food is in South Carolina.

Greenville, SC is the city that Southern Living recognized. Greenville offers residents and retirees a wide variety of high quality restaurants to choose from. One is Camp which Southern Living actually recognized as one of the South’s Best New Restaurants. But it’s not just the cuisine that makes Greenville a great place to retire. The cost of living and availability of activites also contribute to making Greenville senior friendly.

The best overall city in the south for retirement was Chattanooga Tennessee. The other cities recognized were:

  • Best All Around – Chattanooga, TN
  • Best for Healthy Living – Beaufort, NC
  • Best for Food – Greenville, S
  • Best Beach Town – St. Augustine, FL
  • Best Mountain Town – Blowing Rock, NC
  • Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts – Abingdon, VA
  • Best for Arts & Culture – Savannah, GA
  • Best for Affordability – Huntsville, AL
  • Best for Lifelong Learning – Lexington, KY
  • Best for Home Buying – Ocean Springs, MS
  • Best Access to Nature – Eureka Springs, AR
  • Best for City Lovers – Fort Worth, TX

The cities and towns recognized on this Best Places to Retire List were selected from a collection of 41 top rated cities and towns from Southern Living’s The South’s Best 2023 series. Final consideration for the list compared each city or town to the U.S. as a whole on a variety of economic and lifestyle criteria. This included home and rental affordability, average resident age, unemployment, best industries for jobs and wages, prevalence of restaurants, hospitals, and colleges.

So if  you’re looking for great food and a great place to retire look no further than Greenville! You can read more about Greenville in the full Southern Living article here.

These Are The Five Best Cities To Retire In South Carolina

If you’re looking for a great place to retire look no further than South Carolina. The Palmetto State offers affordable homes with mild winter temperatures. Additionally, easy access to the coast makes the state attractive to retirees. Retiring in South Carolina gives you the option of choosing a coastal area, historic city, or college town. There are The experts over at US News and World Report ranked the top 5 cities to retire in South Carolina. This has me asking the question, how can I be one of those people who retire in their 30s? #goals.

If your retirement dreams include moving to a quaint town full of relaxation, amenities, and activities then you’re in luck. There are some fantastic places to retire in South Carolina. Whether you want to golf, relax on the beach, revel in small-town living, or be closer to the city you won’t be bored in these cities and towns! Some offer a wide variety of activities perfect for the retiree who wants an active lifestyle. Others are ideal for those looking to fully kick back and relax.

Read the full US News article here or keep reading to see where the top 5 cities to retire in South Carolina are.


  • 5. Columbia

    Columbia, SC

    Columbia, South Carolina, USA downtown city skyline from Finlay Park at dusk.

    Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,246
    Median monthly rent: $955

    Columbia has all the benefits of a capital city and all the charm of a southern college town.

  • 4. Charleston

    South Carolina city hotel

    Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,567
    Median monthly rent: $1,197

    Who wouldn’t want to retire in Charleston? You’d be surrounded by all that history, southern charm, and incredible restaurants.

  • 3. Spartanburg


    Main Street in Downtown Spartanburg South Carolina SC.

    Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,136
    Median monthly rent: $825

    A low cost of living and proximity to both Columbia and Charlotte makes Spartanburg a great place to retire.

  • 2. Greenville

    Greensville South Carolina City Park

    Once a dilapidated section of Greenville, South Carolina, Falls Park on the Reedy is now a beautiful urban park space with walking trails, and falling water, surrounded by art galleries and restaurants.

    Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,223
    Median monthly rent: $882

    Greenville has gotten a lot of wonderful publicity over the last several years, for the city’s revitalized downtown. And with a location halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, it’s convenient.

  • 1. Myrtle Beach

    South Carolina

    Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,296
    Median monthly rent: $976

    With its coastal location, numerous golf courses, and tons of restaurants and attractions Myrtle Beach is the perfect retirement spot for those who are go-getters.

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