Best Places to Retire in the South

The best places to retire are often ones where the weather is warm and the people have a certain…Southern hospitality.

InvestorPlace took a look at some of the best retirement locations in the US — narrowing it down to just the Southern US.

While our previous best of lists have hit some of the more obvious places to retire in the South — such as Charleston, Austin, and Tampa, these are ones that didn’t make previous lists (but are great places to consider).

Check out these best places to retire in the South.

#5 Best Places to Retire in the South: Clemson, S.C.

Forbes magazine ranked Clemson as one of its top places to retire in 2014. Home of Clemson University, this college town offers a warm climate, with a US average costs of living and home price around $135,000.

South Carolina is a solid state to live for tax purposes. And in addition, Clemson offers culture, a nightlife, and highly walkable areas.

#4 Best Places to Retire in the South: Asheville, N.C.

A Southern mountain town that still keeps a cosmopolitan edge, Asheville beckons with great outdoor activities, a mild climate, and great restaurants that locals rave about. Asheville offers amazing mountain views, an artist mecca, and even ongoing educational classes at the nearby university.

#3 Best Places to Retire in the South: Savannah, Georgia

Well known for its Spanish-moss draped oak trees and beautiful public parks and squares, Savannah evokes a simpler time with cobblestone streets and beautiful sprawling Southern homes.

History buffs will love the city’s rich, historic past, and the ladies will love the loads of boutiques, galleries and artist studios.  Great restaurants and pubs along River Street cap off this very economic place to call home.

#2 Best Places to Retire in the South: Naples, Florida

Let’s start this out the fun way: Florida has NO state income tax. In addition, property taxes are reasonable and the state has no inheritance or estate taxes. Naples, an affluent and sophisticated community, claims it has more golf holes per capita than any other town in the country. There’s also top-notch shopping, stunningly beautiful neighborhoods, and an easy walk from residential areas to the beach.

#1 Best Places to Retire in the South: Venice, Florida

The name alone sounds great. Retirement in Venice means a warm Gulf Coast climate, median home prices at $196,000, and all the benefits of the Florida tax system we mentioned in No. 2. Venice is near Tampa for those looking to escape from time to time to a larger city. But leaving won’t be on your mind. Instead, you’ll be indulging in great food, amazing walks along the stunning beaches, and new friends in this retirement mecca.

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