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Stay Young In Clemson, South Carolina

Updated on May 7, 2015
Free city bus service and free programs at Clemson University make the city a friendly place to retire.
Free city bus service and free programs at Clemson University make the city a friendly place to retire. | Source

Top 10 Retirement Cities to Keep Seniors Young

The best place to retire is often a college town, because of the university driven entertainment, retail, and housing developments in the community, useful research on improving the lot of Senior Citizens, and opportunities for free or low cost college courses to the 55+ sector. Some colleges and universities are located nearby or actually own retirement centers, including independent living arrangements.

With a medical complex on campus, this becomes ideal. The university is usually helping to increase the job market as well,as it helps to create new industries that require workers. Senior Citizens that need or want to work are benefited in that was also. All considered, a college town can be the best place to live at any age.

Clemson is ranked #5 of the Top 10 Cities that keep senior citizens young.

South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson
South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson | Source

Jobs are often more plentiful in a college town, including retirement jobs for those who want to continue working.

Jobs are often more plentiful in a college town, because of partnerships between businesses and universities established to perform research that results in new products and services. Universities often offer business incubators that mentor new business owners as well.

All of these attract new business ventures to these college towns and sometimes artists follow, as in the case of Nashville, Tennessee. That city is experiencing a boom in arts and culture in addition to the already popular music industry of the last hundred years.

Clemson, South Carolina is the home to several schools and just 10 miles to the northeast is Greenville SC, where there are several additional postsecondary schools. Greenville has been named America's Number One Micro-City, indicating is fast growth in the 2000s and 2010s.

Free City Bus Service

The idea of free public transportation has me nearly packing bags to move to Clemson! Several bus routes are available for the Clemson buses from approximately 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, and additional hours on routes serving Clemson University. This certainly helps Senior Citizens that do not drive and free ADA services are also provided.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) is a public service provided fare-free through federal, state, and local partnerships. Bike carriers on the front of buses help cyclists and special arrangements are in place for a partnership of CAT and Clemson University shuttles to make transportation for students and staff as easy and as efficient as possible. Another partnership connects Anderson SC's bus system with Clemson's. Cat also offers stops at the Greyhound Bus station, Amtrak, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (via shuttles).

CAT often has a number of openings for part-time bus drivers and the benefits package is remarkable: SC State Retirement program, FREE Nurse Practitioner Visits, Health/Insurance Package, 50% Discount at the Recreation Center and other: see City Job Openings.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) is a public service provided fare-free through federal, state, and local partnerships.

Northeast of Atlanta, Georgia - Clemson Bus Routes

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Friendly to Senior Citizens: Clemson University

Retirement specialists have pointed to Clemson University as the main reason that the City of Clemson is good for retirement living. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute helps to engage senior citizens with the university and the community with a number of interesting activities and studies.

This institution reaches farther than some other lifelong learning centers in recruiting adults by targeting all people ages 50 and older (some target only 60 years+). This center at Clemson is part of the larger Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and directly helps to enhance the city with activities and projects that draw tourism to the Clemson are as well.

The Department includes the following institutes:

  • Clemson University Institute for Parks
  • Outdoor Laboratory at Lake Hartwell
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Clemson International Institute for Tourism Research & Development- The growth of tourism in South Carolina has made it a primary contributor to the economy, with the help of Clemson University.

In addition, the students of Clemson have organized to help with the conservation and rescue of tigers around the world, in honor of their school mascot.

Interestingly, one of the faculty of Clemson University is directly involved in the improvement of quality of life for senior citizens. This is Professor David Wyman in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. Among other topics, his interests lie in

  1. Golf course communities and their development,
  2. Housing for senior citizens, entrepreneurship, and
  3. Real estate.

Clemson Tiger Goes To the Library

Clemson stadium, known at Death Valley.
Clemson stadium, known at Death Valley. | Source

Attractions In the Clemson Area

Clemson is not too far distant from Atlanta in the southeast and Greenville to the northwest. All three boast several places on the National Register of Historic Places and support preservation organizations and maintenance and development of several Historic Districts.

Some of the attractions nearby include:

  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Bob Campbell Geology Museum at Clemson University
  • Clemson Depot,
  • Clemson Farmers' Market, founded 2010
  • Clemson University Genetics Institute - CUGI partnered with Mars Incorporated candy company and the US Department of Agriculture to produce the entire genome sequence of the plant that makes cacao beans for chocolate - Theobroma cacao.
  • Fort Hill Plantation
  • Jocassee Gorges
  • Lake Hartwell
  • South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University
  • Walker Golf Course at Clemson University

Local jobs surged significantly after 2012.
Local jobs surged significantly after 2012. | Source

Top High Demand Jobs

The highest demand jobs in and around Clemson in Second Quarter 2015 include 10,000 advertised positions, largely in::

  1. Managers and Assistant Managers
  2. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  3. Trucking - Company Drivers
  4. Regional Flatbed Truck Drivers
  5. Patient Care Techs and Medical Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants
  6. Physicians
  7. Manufacturing Engineers
  8. Control Engineers
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Sales Representatives
  11. Drug Store Salespeople
  12. Pizza Hut Crew and Management Positions

© 2012 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Clemson has a lot going for it - free bus service is unheard of in my area.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      What a wonderful and useful article. University towns are fabulous retirement place. Up useful, interesting and awesome.