Myrtle Beach is a coastal, tourism-focused city located in the Northeast corner of South Carolina. While this spot isn’t a top destination for tourists, there’s always something to do or something to see in this city. We like to think of it as the best-kept secret on the east coast. It’s a beautiful place with amazing weather and amazing people. But it’s not just the weather and the people that make Myrtle Beach a wonderful place to live.
The cost of living in Myrtle Beach is about 7 percent lower than the national average and the real estate market is truly prime. Housing prices are still relatively low and its residents receive an 88% property tax credit. Additionally, the state of South Carolina doesn’t tax social security benefits and offers a retirement income tax deduction. Myrtle Beach really is one of the most affordable cities in the country when you consider daily living expenses, taxes, housing, and utilities.
Myrtle Beach is an affordable place to live but it’s also a hotspot of entertainment and attractions. There’s so much to do in Myrtle Beach you cannot possibly tackle it all. There are over 100 golf courses in the metro area, over 300 outlet stores, roughly 1,800 restaurants, and 8 theaters. If that’s not enough then there are always the festivals. You’ll find the Mayfest on Main festival, Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival, Blue Crab Festival, the Loris Bog-Off, and the Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival.
In addition, you have the beauty of the city itself. Myrtle Beach has some of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the entire country. It’s not just Myrtle Beach there’s also Huntington Beach, Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach, Cherry Grove Beach, South Myrtle Beach, and Sunset Beach. It’s a surfers paradise with the huge waves and warm water. Overall, there are 60 miles of beaches on the Grand Strand.
Lastly, the weather in Myrtle Beach is amazing. It’s characterized as a humid, subtropical climate with an average of 218 days of sunshine per year with over 60% of the summer days having sunshine. The average temperature in July is just 81 degrees. Thanks to the cool ocean breezes that blow in the temperatures are actually about 5 degrees lower than some of the other inland cities like Columbia or Florence. And though there is a lot of sunshine it does rain and very rarely snows as well.