Charleston Named One of 2018's Best Places to Retire

Charleston has been named one of the year's "10 Best Places to Retire" by Livability.com.

To determine this year’s best places to retire, Livability first analyzed all U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 300,000 and weeded out places with high healthcare costs. Using a wide variety of data sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, ESRI, USDA and NOAA, eligible cities were ranked on more than 20 data points, including the following:

  • Community Engagement
  • Safety (Total Crime Index)
  • Hospital Quality Rating
  • Affordability
  • Number of Residents Over 65
  • Activities and Recreation (including farmers’ markets, golf courses and parks)
  • Primary Care Physician Rate
  • Air Quality
  • Natural Disaster Risk
  • Climate
  • Property Tax Rate
  • Nursing Home Accessibility and Quality

Here's the top ten list the website came up with:

  1. Naples, FL
  2. Little Rock, AR
  3. Scottsdale, AZ
  4. Chattanooga, TN
  5. Plano, TX
  6. Roseville, CA
  7. Spokane, WA
  8. Carmel, IN
  9. Columbus, GA
  10. Charleston, SC

According to the website, the Holy CIty earned a spot on the list thanks to its "charm, deep rooted history and amazing amenities, including lower property taxes, thriving arts scene and amazing restaurants." You can see the full rankings, analysis, and methodology here.

Additionally, Charleston earned a spot on the website's 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live in January.

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