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"Eight years ago we moved here, and from that day on, we have not looked back," says Jeanie Reeder, "My husband Tom is an avid golfer, and I enjoy the beach, I go every day in the summer!"

Top Ten Reasons to ‘Think Myrtle Beach’

  1. Vacation: It’s a lifestyle. Just because you’re not on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t choose to live a vacation lifestyle. In the Myrtle Beach area, making each day count is easy as the area offers access to thousands of restaurants, attractions and entertainment options. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore or slow down and relax.
  2. Home prices that don’t break the bank. Whether you’re investing in a second home or looking to make the Myrtle Beach area your permanent residence, our real estate market offers affordable prices and an array fantastic amenities, and recent research of the area’s real estate market shows an increasing number of properties sold and increasing prices—good news for any investor!
  3. Southern hospitality. There’s a reason nearly 15 million visitors flock to our shores each year, and it’s more than the beach. It’s our warm and friendly locals. People are what make certain communities special and in ours, you’ll find neighbors with the Southern hospitality that makes our state so well-loved.
  4. Excellence in health care. With a significant retirement population already enjoying life along our shores, those concerned about top-notch health care can rest assured that our area has them covered with award-winning medical centers that use some of the best technology and treatments available.
  5. Beaches for miles. 60 miles, to be exact. Our sunny South Carolina shoreline is our main attraction with visitors and locals alike, and it should be! With 60 miles of uninterrupted coastline along the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, we have no complaints. Access to the beach—along with our rivers and marshes—also means a wonderful variety of watersports, from fishing to boating and so much more!
  6. Employment opportunities. With nearly 75,000 Myrtle Beach area jobs dependent on tourism, those looking to move here can certainly look to this industry to help support their lifestyle. Some of these jobs are hourly-wage positions, while others are management and supervisory, but there are a wealth of options beyond those in the tourism industry. Both professional and support positions are available in nearly every industry from healthcare to banking and beyond.
  7. The weather forecast. Whether or not we mention it here, everyone knows that South Carolina’s weather is a huge factor in why our quality of life is so high. You’ll spend less time shoveling snow and more time out enjoying the sunshine and mild climate while living in the Myrtle Beach area. Our average annual temperature is 74°F, and we average around 215 sunny days a year.
  8. Low taxes + Low cost of living = More fun. Life is more enjoyable when you can afford it, and our low taxes mean more money in your pockets. The state does not tax Social Security benefits and provides a generous retirement-income deduction when calculating state income tax. State income-tax rates are reasonable and property taxes are very low. Taxes are based on 4 percent to 6 percent of the market value of the home, and senior homeowners qualify for a homestead exemption. What’s more is that the cost of living is typically 7 percent lower than the rest of the nation as a whole—meaning your dollar has a much higher buying power than virtually any other major area in the country!
  9. We've got brains. Families considering a move to the area are pleased when they learn that in the Myrtle Beach area, students have a variety of choices. The area boasts exceptional public, private, parochial and charter schools; two universities; a technical college; and several area trade schools. With a resume consisting of several awards and accolades, Horry County Schools maintain a competitive advantage on both state and national levels. In fact, Myrtle Beach Primary, Elementary and Intermediate Schools are each designated as Stephen Covey "Lighthouse Schools" while Loris Elementary School is touted for its innovative use of personalized digital learning.
  10. Community matters. And the Myrtle Beach area has plenty of opportunities to get you involved. There’s no more rewarding way to spend time than by giving back to your community, and here you can do it all while meeting interesting people in the area. Religious organizations, arts groups, professional associations, community service groups, medical facilities and over 50 art organizations are always in need of volunteers while they supply valuable support and assistance to the community we call home.