Moncks Corner, South Carolina Retirement

The quiet, rural town of Moncks Corners is situated in southeast South Carolina, roughly 20 miles outside of North Charleston, and got its start in 1728 when French Protestant Huguenots were seeking escape from religious persecution in Europe.  Today the town has a population of 6,500 people and a cost of living just below the national average.  It is a growing spot, increasing by about 10% in the last 10 years, but shopping and amenities are still somewhat lacking (although there is a Wal-Mart).  Of the population, 30% is age 45 or better, and the median home income is below the national average.

Cypress Gardens, once part of a local plantation, is a 170-acre preserve with gardens, amphibians and exotic fish.  The 3,200-acre Mepkin Abbey Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden on the grounds of a monastery.

Crime in Moncks Corner is above the national average.

The median home price is roughly $165,000.

Tri County Link provides limited public (van/bus) transportation around town.

There is no local hospital.  The nearest one is 15 miles away in Charleston.  Trident Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a designated stroke center. It has 295 beds and is a teaching hospital.

Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s.  On the comfort index, a combination of temperature and humidity, the climate in Moncks Corner comes in below the national average.  It rains 110 days of the year, and the sun shines 210 days.    The air quality is above the national average but the water quality is below the national average.