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Greenville among best places in the country for retirees to live and work

Greenville is the 10th best place in the country for retirees to live and work, according to a new study by New York financial technology company SmartAsset.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Greenville has made the list, which in 2020 compared 525 cities with at least 65,000 in population.

The study examined a wide range of metrics including population above the age of 65, unemployment rate for seniors, housing costs as a percentage of retirement income, estimated tax burden for seniors, crime rates, and access to important amenities like retirement communities and medical centers.

According to the study, the estimated tax burden for seniors in Greenville is just 14.13%, in the top 50 for this study. Housing costs represent 24.72% of retirement income in Greenville, the 87th-lowest percentage in this study.

The study also cites Greenville’s cultural and sports opportunities.

“Both sports fans and art lovers have plenty to do here,” the study said. “There is a Single A baseball team, the Greenville Drive, and the Greenville County Museum of Art has a large collection of American art.”

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So, what are the Top 25 places for retirees to live and work? Here’s the SmartAsset list:

  1. Fort Myers, FL
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. Medford, OR
  4. Melbourne, FL
  5. Walnut Creek, CA
  6. Boca Raton, FL
  7. Clearwater, FL
  8. Newport Beach, CA
  9. Delray Beach, FL
  10. Greenville, SC
  11. Rockville, MD
  12. Eugene, OR
  13. Miami, FL
  14. Salem, OR
  15. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  16. Appleton, WI
  17. Bend, OR
  18. Hollywood, FL
  19. Oshkosh, WI
  20. Green Bay, WI
  21. Largo, FL
  22. Livonia, MI
  23. Mission Viejo, CA
  24. West Palm Beach, FL
  25. Santa Barbara, CA

So, where are retirees actually moving? Here’s Smart Asset’s 2020 list:

  1. Florida
  2. Arizona
  3. North Carolina
  4. Texas
  5. South Carolina
  6. Idaho
  7. Georgia
  8. Tennessee
  9. Nevada
  10. Delaware

The Upstate has four cities on SmartAsset’s most recent list of Best Place to Retire in South Carolina. Here’s the Top 10 list:

  1. Seneca
  2. Murrells Inlet
  3. Myrtle Beach
  4. Hilton Head Island
  5. Greenville
  6. Camden
  7. West Columbia
  8. Anderson
  9. Georgetown
  10. Spartanburg

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