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Murrells Inlet, SC 1 of 18 Low Country Area Active Retirement Communities Location

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State:    South Carolina- Low Country


City:      Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is a small fishing town in Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States that is considered to be the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina". The population was 5,519 at the 2000 census. It was once primarily a fishing village, but has grown substantially in modern time, along with the rest of the Grand Strand into a popular tourist and retirement location. It is most known for Restaurant Row a cluster of award-winning seafood and barbecue restaurants on its Main Street. There is also a local island in the inlet named Goat Island.

In Murrells Inlet, you enter the quaint feel of a true fishing village, unspoiled by concrete and high rises. It's a place sought out by fisherman and naturists, whispered about by antique collectors, and revered by art lovers and horticulturists. It's the place where golfers come to relax, families come to dine and snowbirds come to retire.


Murrells Inlet is legendary. It's the place where hushpuppies were invented, where Blackbeard and other pirates of the high seas stashed their ill-gotten booty. It's the place where local and visitor alike have reported the chance meeting with one of the Inlet's local ghosts.


The Civil War came to Murrells Inlet's shores in 1863. Union warships attacked the Confederacy's blockade-runners that used the Inlet as a port to sneak cotton and other products to England in exchange for war materials, food and medicine. The war caused the decline of the rice culture. Though some rice plantations partially recovered, they could not survive the devastating hurricanes that followed. By 1916, the last remaining commercial rice grower was out of business.

By then, commercial fishing was a popular industry with catches shipped north on schooners. Recreational fishing also became part of the landscape. In 1914, captain-led fishing excursions out of the Inlet on 20-foot skiffs cost $5 per person for a day trip.

At the height of the Great Depression, Murrells Inlet's economy was spurred when Archer Milton Huntington from New York, spent millions of dollars to develop his 9,000-acre homestead and gardens. He hired local brick masons, painters, landscapers, carpenters and other craftsmen to create his dream of a Spanish castle. He even built a church, medical clinic and community center for the residents of Sandy Island, an island community between the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers. The Huntington home,
Atalaya, was built with 22 fireplaces and 36 rooms, one of which was an oyster-shucking room. In their outdoor statuary gardens, his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, displayed her sculpting work, for which she was known nationwide. Theirs was a private estate until Mr. Huntington's death in 1955. Today, Atalaya is part of Huntington Beach State Park and their garden, now Brookgreen Gardens, is the largest showcase of American figurative sculpture in the country, displaying 68 of Mrs. Huntington's pieces, including the Fighting Stallions at the entrance.  

Income & Housing Costs Numbers:

Estimated median household income in 2009: $51,562 (it was $39,877 in 2000)

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Estimated per capita income in 2009: $32,443

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $225,663 (it was $100,700 in 2000)

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Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $279,990; Detached houses: $444,481; Townhouses or other attached units: $180,996; In 2-unit structures: $568,093; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $318,490; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $177,014; Mobile homes: $53,080; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,000

Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Murrells Inlet: 87.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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