The site created a Retirement Index for every county across the country based on five factors, rated from 1-100: entertainment, care, convenience and transportation, community, and housing.
The list puts Martin County, FL at #1 (the Palm City area), followed by:
2. Barnstable County, MA
3. Orange County, NC (Chapel Hill area)
4. Beaufort County, SC
5. Grafton County, NH
6. Washtenaw County, MI (Ann Arbor)7. Newport County, RI
8. Jefferson County, WA
9. Hamilton County, IN
10. Albemarle County, VA (Charlottesville area)
Beaufort County’s Retirement Index score was a whopping 98.4, and was only .2 away from the #3 spot.
Separately, Beaufort scores were:
Entertainment – 80.0 (amount of universities, recreational facilities, libraries and parks per capita
Community – 84.2 (high percentage of population over age 65 with college degrees)
Care – 85.3 (quality of local hospitals, nursing homes and home health centers)
Housing – 81.8 (market health score, median sale price, HPI forecast, high percentage of properties with rent under $1,500/month)
Convenience – 85.6 (WalkIQ and grocery stores/restaurants per capita)
Just another feather in the cap for our beautiful slice of the Lowcountry.