Florence named ‘number one place to age’ - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Florence named ‘number one place to age’

National Attention is shining on a Pee Dee city – Realtor.com named Florence the number one place in the nation to "age in place." (Source: WMBF News) National Attention is shining on a Pee Dee city – Realtor.com named Florence the number one place in the nation to "age in place." (Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - National attention is shining on a Pee Dee city – Realtor.com named Florence the number one place in the nation to "age in place."

The online resource said Florence is the perfect place for Baby Boomers and Gen-Xer's to settle down and age. Baby boomers and Gen-Xers cover anyone born before 1984.

Florence is selected for the number one spot because of several factors, but draws like the Florence Little Theater, Florence Civic Center, growing downtown, health care and housing help the city top the list.

The average home price in Florence is right around $165,000. The greater Florence Chamber of Commerce said it’s no surprise Florence hit that number one spot.

"No matter what season, you can canoe, you can go off and hike,” said Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce President Mike Miller. “Those things were all attractive to all those things they were looking for in the setting they were looking at. So should we be there, yeah, absolutely year number one."

Realtor.com also noted lower cost of living and low taxes as a plus. This morning a closer look now at what put a Pee Dee City in a number one spot in a national research poll.

Realtor.com looked at things like number of sunny days, number of golf clubs per capita, low cost of living, residents older than 65 and decided that Florence is the number one place in the nation to "age in place."

Florence beat out places like Vero Beach, Florida; Redding, California; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce President Mike Miller said the online magazine called and asked him for a few comments for the article.

"I was obviously very interested as a chamber of commerce notable for sure,” Miller said. “We were waiting for the story to break, it's something we want to promote. I think a lot of people already know what the hidden secret is with Florence."

Most of the places listed in the top 10 were to coastal cities.

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Two Florence residents plead guilty to manufacturing and passing counterfeit money

    Two Florence residents plead guilty to manufacturing and passing counterfeit money

    Friday, January 19 2018 11:41 AM EST2018-01-19 16:41:37 GMT
    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

    Two Florence residents pled guilty in federal court on Friday to manufacturing and passing counterfeit money, according to a press release from First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick.

    More >>

    Two Florence residents pled guilty in federal court on Friday to manufacturing and passing counterfeit money, according to a press release from First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick.

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Horry County firefighter arrested for sexual battery with a student

    Horry County firefighter arrested for sexual battery with a student

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:43 AM EST2018-01-19 15:43:33 GMT
    Matthew Oswald. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)Matthew Oswald. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

    An Horry County firefighter living in Conway was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery with a student, according to jail records and other sources. Matthew James Oswald, 31, from Conway, was arrested by Horry County police at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday and charged with sexual battery with a student. As of Thursday morning, he remained incarcerated at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

    More >>

    An Horry County firefighter living in Conway was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery with a student, according to jail records and other sources. Matthew James Oswald, 31, from Conway, was arrested by Horry County police at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday and charged with sexual battery with a student. As of Thursday morning, he remained incarcerated at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Temperatures are going up heading into the weekend

    FIRST ALERT: Temperatures are going up heading into the weekend

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:29 AM EST2018-01-19 14:29:25 GMT
    Milder Temperature Trend through weekendMilder Temperature Trend through weekend

    The storm system responsible for yesterday's rain and last night's snow is pulling away from the region leaving very cold and windy weather in place for today before milder weather returns for the weekend.

    More >>

    The storm system responsible for yesterday's rain and last night's snow is pulling away from the region leaving very cold and windy weather in place for today before milder weather returns for the weekend.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly