Great Retirement Communities in Beaufort SC

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Beaufort … Sparkling Gem of the Lowcountry

Although the downtown shops and restaurants along Bay Street are part of the National Historic Landmark district, Beaufort serves as the center of a growing Lowcountry region that includes more than a dozen modern residential communities located along the area’s scenic rivers and tidal marshes.


  • Average Temperatures
    • Winter: 62/41 Spring: 77/56
    • Summer: 91/74 Fall: 78/60
  • Population: 12,967
  • Airport: Savannah/HH International
  • Average Property Tax: 0.46%
  • Sales Tax: 6%


Besides its natural beauty, warm climate and great retirement communities, South Carolina is one of the most tax friendly states for retirees and seniors. The tax benefits of living in South Carolina include:

No tax on social security benefits

Limited taxes on retirement income

Very low property taxes

Senior homeowners qualify for homestead tax exemption

Beaufort has become especially popular with military retirees, many of who were introduced to the area during basic training at the nearby Parris Island Depot or duty at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Veterans are also served by the U.S. Naval Hospital in Port Royal.

In addition to numerous art and entertainment venues, the local cultural scene is enhanced by the University of South Carolina Beaufort, which not only offers full four-year degree programs and adult-education classes, but is also home to The Center for the Arts with its 400-seat performance theater and art galleries.

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