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Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal. 1/11/2014: "If the retired folks in South Carolina seem relaxed, it may be because they’re enjoying a more low-key lifestyle, and less congestion, then they would little further south among their brethren in Florida. While a growing number of people have been flocking to the state for its mild winters and a slower pace, the state remains almost an “undiscovered gem,” says Laura Scharr-Bykowsky, a principal at Ascend Financial plannning in Columbia, SC. What's more, the state boasts low property taxes and real estate tax."

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Kiplinger lists SC among tax-friendly states for retirees:
Sept. 7 2012

Kiplinger magazinehas listed South Carolina in the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees in its September issue.

“The state does not tax Social Securite and provides a generous retirement - income deduction when calculating state income tax. State tax is reasonable and property taxes are very low. Taxes are based on 4% of the market value of the home, and senior homeowners qualify for a homestead exemption,” Kiplinger said in summarizing South Carolina's tax policy for people 65.

Some other points noted by Kiplinger include:
People 65 and over may deduct up to $10,000 in qualifying retirement income, including public employee retirement plans, Keogh plans, IRA distributation and retirement.

People 65 and over can take a Senior Deduction of $15,000, for single filers, or $30,000, for married couples filing jointly. However, the $15,000 deduction must be offset by the amount taken with the retirement-income deduction. Retired Military Personnel 65and older can deduct up to $10,000 of military retirement benefits.

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Crime Statistics Be sure to check the crime statistics. Whether you're staying in Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach, Pawleys Island, North Myrtle Beach, Longs or Little River, you will want to be familiar with crime trends. Also, see the question about crime information for Myrtle Beach on my CRIME page.

Popular ZIP Codes on the SC Coast:
Myrtle Beach: 29577; Garden City 28576; Surfside Beach 29675; Murrells Inlet 29676; Pawleys Island 29585; Longs 29568; North Myrtle Beach 29582; 29597; 28598 Little River; 29566 ( If you're not certain, check correct address with a Google search.)

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Myrtle Beach Awards and accolades:

2015 - Myrtle Beach named top U.S. beach for Summer 2015 according to

2015 - Myrtle Beach has been ranked as the third best family beach vacation in the country by US News and World Report.

2014 - The 10 best cities to retire in the US (Myrtle Beach is #5.) -

2014 - In September, NextAvenue listed the most popular cities for retirement. Myrtle Beach was #10.

2014 - Broadway At the Beach Award for Certificate Of Excellence From TripAdvisor Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina's largest festival entertainment complex, has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor. This award honors hospitality excellence, and is only given to businesses that consistently receive outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor.

2014 - Myrtle Beach ranks #1 for affordable summer travel according to

2014: TripAdvisor declared Myrtle Beach the top destination this summer based on TripAdvisor search data for June 1 - Aug. 31!! Myrtle Beach ranked #1 above all the powerhouse destinations. Las Vegas #2, New York City #3. #4. Destin, FL #5. Ocean City, MD #6. Otlando, FL, #7 Virginia Beach, #8 , San Francisco, California #9. San Diego, California #10. Key West, FL #11
Way to Go, Myrtle Beach!

2013 - Myrtle Beach voted 21 out of 25 Best USA Destinations by Trip Advisor readers/viewers.

2013 - USA Today - Best Boardwalks for food across the USA

2013 Carolina Beach Music Awards

2012 Southern Living features South Carolina's 10 Best Seafood Spots, Lee's Inlet Kirchen (Murrells Inlet) and Mr. Fish (Myrtle Beach) are on the list.

2012 Downtown Achievement Awards - Downtown Redevelopment Corporation: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade

2012 HomeAway award
Named as a beach hot spot, Myrtle Beach has rejuvenated the family beach market.

2012 US News & World Report
Awarded Myrtle Beach in the list of = Best Affordable Destinations.

Myrtle Beach - #3 of Top Boardwalk in the USA

Travelers' Choice Award Myrtle Beach #1 beach in the US, and #6 beach in the world!

TripAdvisor awarded Myrtle Beach as the #1 Best Beach in the United States, and also one of the Top 10 Best in the World.

Myrtle Beach was named one of the "Top 5 Summer Travel Destinations of 2011" in the "Where To Go Now & How Guide" by Travel Ticker, the leading U.S.-based travel portal. The list is based on seasonal trends, travel deals, weather, tourist traffic, entertainment, and culture. Myrtle Beach is described as a "great money-saving destination for families".

Myrtle Beach - One of 10 Best Beach Tows in America.

In 2009, authors David and Joan Vokac included Myrtle Beach in their book that highlights the top 100 Great Towns of America. In fact, Myrtle Beach is the only locale in the State of South Carolina to be included in the book.

TRIPADVISOR.COM (2010 and 2009) Myrtle Beach Awards
2012 #3 Best Beach destination in United States
2011 Best Beach in United States
2010 Travelers' Choice:
2010 #1 Beach & Sun Destination in USA
2010 #5 Beach and Sun World
2009 Top Aquariums

Grande Dunes Resort Club was selected as the 2009 National Golf Course of the Year. Presented annually by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), Grande Dunes is the second Myrtle Beach area course to receive the national honor.

2010 - America's Best Beach Boardwalks
2009 - Top 500 World's Best Hotels
Travel and Leisure editors named Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes to their 2009 ranking of the Top 500 World's Best Hotels.

A recent survey of more than 2,200 travelers ranked Myrtle Beach #2 of a list of Top 10 Beaches, ahead of Waikiki and St. Thomas Results of the survey and video highlights are posted on the Yahoo! Web site and were published in National Geographic Traveler. The qualities most important to beach-goers were cleanliness, scenery, climate, water temperature, and romance, in that order.

named the Myrtle Beach area one of the 100 Best Restaurant Towns in America. Editors traveled to all 50 states to compile the list. The magazine cites the Myrtle Beach area for its low cost of living and calls it one of the best beach towns in the nation. The Myrtle Beach area was named one of the nation's top vacation spots for retired Americans age 55 and older, according to a study by tourism researchers D.K. Shifflet & Associates. The company also ranked the Myrtle Beach area No. 5 in the nation for leisure destinations.

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