Summerville named one of nation’s best places to retire

The Flowertown Festival draws thousands each year to Summerville, which has been named one of the Top 25 places in the nation to retire by CNN.

CNN has named Summerville as one of the top 25 places in the nation to retire.

The Dorchester County suburb came in at number 24 on the list. CNN said Summerville “offers much of the history and charm of nearby Charleston but in a smaller, more affordable setting.”

The news network cited Summerville’s past as a 19th century destination for folks who believed the town’s dry air and plethora of pine trees soothed lung and throat disorders. Today, CNN said, the town is home to a top-rated medical center.

Topping the list of best retirement locales are Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Portland, Oregon.