Myrtle Beach Sees Increased Demand for Senior Housing


The rapidly growing senior population along the Grand Strand is driving the need for housing and developments that cater to the group that wants to live independently for as long as possible.

Housing, especially affordable housing, is one of the most important needs for the area’s aging population, said Ray Fontaine, director of the Horry County Council on Aging.

“I don’t mean the stereotypical housing project but a decent, clean respectable community that is aesthetically pleasing,” he said.

The early retiree population in Horry County – those between 55 and 64 – grew about 73.5 percent during the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of residents above the age of 65 grew 56 percent between 2000 and 2010, compared to the roughly 35 percent growth of 18 to 64 year old residents, according to the Census.


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