Charleston a top place to retire in 2014, Forbes says

Charleston’s abundant public waterfront is one of the attributes that makes it a top destination for retirees, Forbes says.

Forbes magazine has picked Charleston as one of the 25 best places in the country to retire in 2014.

The business publication noted several attributes that make it an attractive spot to spend the golden years, including its water frontage, warm climate, strong economy, favorable state taxes and low crime. It also said the cost of living is about on par with the national average.

Forbes gave Charleston low marks for volunteering, but it did not elaborate.

Bluffton, Clemson and Brevard, N.C., also were among the top 25.

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