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South Carolina As the Best Retirement State. Editors Note: This is the third in our series comparing various states as places to retire. Don’t miss the first, Florida vs.
Arizona Retirement, or the second, Delaware vs. There are more “Dueling” comparisons listed at the end of this article.
We welcome ideas for future ones. Updated April 5, 2. Both North and South Carolina enjoy a favorable image among baby boomers; in fact the Carolinas are a red- hot retirement destination. As great places to retire, both have become as popular as Florida.
In this comparison we will evaluate various factors for both states that affect retirement, letting you draw your own conclusions from the facts. As always, reader input is extremely important, so we encourage you to use the Comments section below. The latest comments are at the bottom.)Population (Data from American Fact Finder- U. S. Census Bureau). One obvious difference between the two states is the number of people. In 2. 01. 3 North Carolina’s population was about double its southern neighbor’s (9,8.
The over 6. 5 population in South Carolina was 1. North Carolina it was slightly lower at 1. Both states attract significant numbers of retirees from beyond their own borders, usually from the Northeast or Midwest. The Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, SCHome Prices and the Economy. One reason why the Carolinas are popular for so many retirements is a lower cost of living. Both states have significantly lower home prices than the Zillow 2. Home Value Index for the entire U.
S. Using that same source, South Carolina’s median home value was $1. North Carolina’s ($1. Manufacturing, services, and agriculture are important in both. The 2. 01. 3 median HH income in North Carolina was $4. South Carolina’s $4. By comparison the national household income median was $5. South Carolina’s cost of living is the 2.
U. S. According to the Census Bureau both states had some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in 2. South Carolina and 1. North Carolina (people over 1. Climate. There are no significant climate differences between these 2 states. The most northern parts of North Carolina will have slightly colder winters than the most southerly part of SC, but the difference will only be a few degrees.
Here are a few representative temperatures for cities within these states: City(State) Avg July High. Avg Jan Low. Asheville (NC) 8. West)Charlotte(NC) 9.
Central)Wilmington (NC) 9. East)Greenville (SC) 8. West)Columbia (SC) 9. Central)Charleston (SC) 8. East)Tax Environment. Overall. Many retirees look to tax comparisons to help determine what they view as a retirement friendly state.
Up until last year South Carolina would undoubtedly win that comparison – it had lower taxes in almost every category. However, beginning in 2. According to the Tax Foundation, SC had the 4. NC’s was 2. 0th. However due to the dramatic changes in NC’s tax structure in 2. To make a few observations, we would start by saying that the individual characteristics of your tax situation have so many ramifications that you should have someone prepare a hypothetical tax statement for you to get the real picture. But here are some things to consider: – SC has a much higher marginal tax rate, although it also has higher exemptions– Neither state taxes Social Security– The sales tax in NC is 1.
SC– Neither state has an inheritance or estate tax– NC has higher property taxes as a % of home value. But it also has a nice “circuit breaker” program for people over 6. Income Taxes. South Carolina has a (very high) maximum tax rate of 7% that begins at a quite low income of $1. South Carolina accepts the adjustments, exemptions and deductions allowed on your federal tax return. North Carolina’s income tax is much lower, as it was recently lowered to a flat 5. Social Security and Income Tax Exemptions for Seniors. Neither state taxes Social Security payments.
Although South Carolina has much higher tax rates, its high exemption levels are more tax- friendly. Each resident over 6. For couples filing jointly when both are 6.
SC tax return unless your gross income is greater than the federal gross income filing requirement plus $3. Classic Pinehurst, NC, a golfing shrine.
There is a $7. 50. NC (no age limit). When North Carolina reduced its state income tax rates starting with 2. Social Security is still exempt, as is NC pension income under the Bailey Settlement if you had 5 years of service by 1. Otherwise federal, state, and local pensions are exempt up to $4.
The somewhat confusing pension exemption rules are located on this NC Retiree Tax Guide. Sales Taxes. The northern Carolina wins in the sales tax competition. In SC the sales tax is 6% and in NC it is 4. Both states permit localities to add on to that tax. Estate and Inheritance Taxes. There are no estate or inheritance taxes in South Carolina or North Carolina (NC repealed its estate tax in 2.
Property Tax. SC residents pay one of the lowest property taxes as a % of home value (ranked 4. SC residents pay .
North Carolina (figures from the Tax Foundation). Homeowners in SC over 6. In NC there is a property tax homestead exemption for people over 6. Note: Taxes are complicated and the laws change quickly. Consult state Department of Revenue Guides and/or your tax professional before making important decisions.
This brief overview is not meant to give any advice. Physical Environment and Diversity. As with population, North Carolina also has a much bigger geographical area – 5. SC’s 3. 2,0. 00 miles. Both have a long coast line with beautiful beaches and/or waterfront on large bays. The Cape Hatteras region of NC is quite remarkable, as is Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head in SC.
North Carolina has a larger and more pronounced western mountain area with four seasons and the Blue Ridge, Great Smoky, and Black Mountain ranges. The highest point in NC (and the eastern U. S.) is Mt. Mitchell at 6,6. Sassafras Mountain is SC’s highest peak at 3,5. Places to Live and Retirement Popularity.
Both states have several important cities and numerous interesting mid- sized cities. Both states have college towns, such as Chapel Hill and Durham in NC and Clemson in South Carolina. South Carolina has 4 cities in our top 2. NC has only 2 (perennial #1 Asheville (NC) and #1. New Bern. South Carolina’s most popular places to retire include #4 Beaufort, #6 Charleston, #7 Myrtle Beach, #1. Bluffton, and #2.
Summerville. Here is the full list of our most popular 1. Charlotte, NCChoice of Active Communities. North Carolina and South Carolina are both loaded with active adult communities. At Topretirements we count 1.
North Carolina Directory of Active Communities and 1. South Carolina Directory of Active Communities. It has more large cities to choose from, such as Charlotte or Winston- Salem. Its rural areas are more conservative.
South Carolina, which tends to be quite conservative, is probably less of a melting pot than its northern cousin, and more of a “southern” state. While North Carolina recently became much tax friendlier, many liberal leaning residents are not happy with the attendant cuts to social services, education, and other programs. So which state is more popular? A Del Webb study a few years ago found that the Carolinas had become a more popular retirement destination than Florida. At Topretirements our South Carolina retirement guide is visited slightly more than is our NC retirement guide (in fact they are the #2 and #3 most popular state guides after Florida). The differences between the Carolinas are subtle.
Both contain some wonderful places to retire, if the mid- Atlantic region is the region where you would like to retire. Rather than take sides on the issue, we recommend that you visit cities and towns in both states and see if you can’t find the place of your dreams. Fortunately, the two states are contiguous- in a few trips you should be able to get a good idea of the places that could offer you a happy retirement experience.
Sources: In most cases we used Tax- rates. Some additional tax burden figures are courtesy of the Tax Foundation. For for further reading: My Southern Retirement Adventure. State Retirement Guides.
Gulf Coast Retirement: Sun, Tax- friendly, and a Lower Coast of Living. Retirement 1. 01 Mid- Atlantic States: MD, DE, VA, NJFlorida Retirement 1. Dueling Carolinas: NC vs. SCDueling States: Arizona vs. Florida. California Retirement 1. Retirement in the Southwest: AZ, NM, and Utah. The Mountain States: CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WYThe Pacific Northwest: Oregon vs.
Washington. What state do you prefer? Let us know in the Comments section below. To find the most recent ones scroll down and look by date).